Acer To Launch Ebook Tablet & Android Based Smartbooks

Taiwanese based Acer seems poised to venture into a slew of unexplored technological domains and has plans for launching an online app store and an e-reader application, by the second half of this year, it has been emerged.

Foraying into the markets being dominated by Silicon Valley heavyweights, like Amazon and Apple, the world’s second-largest computer vendor has unveiled plans to unleash an application store containing “hundreds” of handy apps to choose from, Bloomberg reported.

In an interview at the company’s Taipei headquarters, Jim Wong, President of Acer’s IT Products division, discussed the company’s business plans for this year.

In addition to these, the company is also reportedly planning to launch its first “cloudbook” running Google’s Chrome operating system by the end of third quarter this year.

The device is expected to be cheaper and lighter than the currently popular netbooks, and would presumably be short on media capabilities.

The basic idea behind such a device would include allowing users to access the internet anywhere at considerably low price while being frugal with energy.

Venturing into these new fields would help the company bolster up its net income margin to three percent in the coming two year, Wong said.

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So one has to wonder how its competitors, Asus and MSI are going to react. With these announcements, Acer appears to consolidate the significant market share it snared by shipping low-cost computing devices, particularly when the global credit crunch was at its zenith.

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