Acer planning to up its mobile game says Shih

Acer planning to up its mobile game says ShihRight, quick question: what do you know off the top of the head about Acer's mobile line? Not much, we'd be prepared to guess – if you're like us things get a bit vague not long after you manage to extract the word 'Iconia' from the lesser-used recesses of your memory.

But while Acer's Android-powered smartphones and tablets haven't exactly been a stellar success, the eternally optimistic Stan Shih has dismissed rumours that Acer is thinking of chucking in the towel on its mobile ambitions.

Acer founder Shih reckons the situation is similar to when the Taiwanese company first decided to dip its toe in the netbook market, an area where it now enjoys plenty of success.

There's no question that Acer's Iconia Tab tablets and Liquid-branded smartphones have failed to set the market alight, in fact their “me-too” approach makes them great examples of just what is wrong with so many Android devices that have touched down in the past 12 months.

Shih, however, assures us that Acer isn't planning on giving up anytime soon. He says Acer is in the process of streamlining its product development operations in a bid to save time and money in the development of core aspects of its product line, while simultaneously leaving more leeway to develop innovative products for the future.

Via DigiTimes

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JanSt / MOD  Dec. 27, 2011 at 19:34

Hmm...
I'm not sure I agree entirely. I believe there is a lot of snobbery thrown Acer's way - techies and bloggers hate the idea to be seen with a gadget or laptop you can buy in a supermarket.
If you search the web for feedback from Iconia tab owners, you actually find a lot of positive comments. I also know for a fact that Acer's tabs are the only ones selling well in Ireland.
Consider also that they enjoy zero network support - in that context they are doing okay.
That is just my odd perspective, of course ;)
When they bought Eten, it was a bold pre-iPhone move. When they bought Bell Packard it was, in some ways, redundant, but the Logo keeps US "tech patriots" happy...
Lastly, their Liquid phone range enjoys excellent software support. Better than the support from some of the corps we hail as the new tech messiahs...

blizzard7  Dec. 27, 2011 at 21:57

@JanSt
Well Acer need all the brand loyalty they can get. Treating customers right is a big part of that. I think that's one of the reasons HTC has been suffering as of late.

JanSt / MOD  Dec. 27, 2011 at 23:24

True, blizz.. Especially with Android and WP devices - many being indistinguishable to the casual user .

matt101101 / MOD  Dec. 27, 2011 at 23:37

Am I allowed to give my "I <3 Acer", speech again ;)?

blizzard7  Dec. 28, 2011 at 00:00

You can if you want, but no-one will read it. :)

matt101101 / MOD  Dec. 28, 2011 at 00:22

Thanks for the community spirit there mate :p.

Treab  Dec. 28, 2011 at 01:22

i <3 acer speech...

just because you dont own an acer you own a solid gold apple imac exclusive :p

matt101101 / MOD  Dec. 28, 2011 at 01:50

Acer 5741/2 (I took the label off, now I can't remember), best keyboard I've ever used. Including the MacBook Pro's KB.

Treab  Dec. 28, 2011 at 02:01

but the macbook pro keyboard you use is made of diamond isnt it? from apples douchebag line?

matt101101 / MOD  Dec. 28, 2011 at 02:15

I don't use a MacBook Pro KB at all, I used one once in an shop :p. So my test probably wasn't fair as it was probably a pretty nackered display model keyboard :p.

Treab  Dec. 28, 2011 at 02:19

yeah yeah. i have a picture of you showing your true beliefs...

http://wanderingstan.com/files/apple_jacket.jpg

hehehhee

jmarcelino  Dec. 28, 2011 at 02:30

Just hacked into Treab's phone via yet another Flash hole and got his pic:

http://k3rnel.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/android-beanie.jpg

Sorry for the bad quality, it's all his phone could do.

Treab  Dec. 28, 2011 at 02:38

I RESENT THAT... my phone is lucky to take a pic like this...

http://impressive.net/people/gerald/2006/11/18/17-33-54-sm.jpg

jmarcelino  Dec. 28, 2011 at 03:54

Yeah I know, but you can photoshop it to clear it up.

http://impressive.net/people/gerald/2006/11/18/17-29-52-sm.jpg

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