Right, 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.