Acer has been saying for a long time that it has plans to be number one in the global PC market. Most of us have just taken that as boasting, which companies are apt to do considering how far down on the list Acer has been in the past.
In today's world, everyone has their favorite whatever. Whether it's video game console, beer manufacturer, or mobile Operating System, there's always reasons why (and why not) you should pick one over the other. For Symbian, the OS made famous by Nokia, it looks like that time in the limelight is starting to decline, and at an accelerated rate. That is, if Nick Jones of Gartner is to be believed.
Acer has outed four new Aspire One netbooks, two running chips from AMD's Athlon II Neo range and two getting Intel's Atom N475. The Acer Aspire One AO721 and Aspire One AO521 have 11.6- and 10.1-inch displays respectively, and pair the Neo CPU with ATI Radeon HD4225 GPU with 384MB of memory. Meanwhile the Acer Aspire One AOD260 and Aspire One AO533 have the N475 with Intel graphics, and each uses a 10.1-inch display.
With the KIN entering the market, HP's acquisition of Palm, and a number of other industry events, I have been asked quite a bit about Microsoft's chances of success with Windows Phone 7. Microsoft is losing traction in this market rapidly and is in desperate need of strategy that will keep their operating system competitive in a market dominated by RIM, Apple, and Google. If you look at the numbers released by Gartner toward the end of last year projecting mobile OS market share, they projected in 2012 Microsoft to rank 4th on the list with just over 12% of the smartphone OS market share. 12% of the market is not bad and would come out to roughly 70 million devices in that year. That being said, I can't imagine Microsoft being content with 4th place. So what do they need to do to be successful in a fragmented smartphone OS landscape in which we expect some consolidation to happen in the next few years?
Bluetooth 3.0 may still be a rarity on devices, but the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) aren't letting that stop them from whipping ahead with the next spec in line. Bluetooth 4.0 has been finalized, and it delivers both a new low-energy mode suited to indecently frugal devices like watches, sensors and remotes, together with a boost in potential range. While the SIG expect most devices to stick with the regular 30 foot/10m range, Bluetooth 4.0 theoretically supports up to 200 feet and beyond.
It’s nice to see things looking up for the computer industry. I mentioned yesterday that Gartner has issued its report on the computer industry for Q1 2010. Intel has also announced its best quarter ever for Q1 2010. AMD is getting in on the good news action now too.
If you were to believe the hype, China is a hotbed of counterfeit software and fake products, and now Nokia are throwing Comes With Music into the mixture. The Finns have announced that their Comes With Music service is launching - as Yue Sui Xiang - in China, with no DRM on downloaded tracks; subscriptions range from twelve months to two years, and once that period is up you can keep any songs you've downloaded from them. Of course, thanks to the absence of DRM this time around, you're also free to load up the tracks on other media playing devices.
Acer have announced two new projectors, which are capable of creating 3D visuals using NVIDIA's 3D Vision system. The Acer H5360 and Acer X1261 - intended for home entertainment and work/home/school use, respectively - can project in stereoscopic 3D, with the H5360 outputting in 720p HD resolution with 2,500 lumens brightness and 16:9 aspect ratio.
The technology market had one of its worst years ever in 2009 with the global economy being so poor. There were a few bright spots in the industry though like netbooks and smartphones. Sales of both netbooks and smartphones grew despite the poor economy.
Apple have announced record sales successes in recent quarters, but according to two research firms the Cupertino company is still unable to keep up with budget Windows-based computers when it comes to sheer number of sales. Both Gartner and IDC have released their estimates for the past three months, and each reckon Apple have fallen to fifth place behind HP, Dell, Acer and Toshiba.