Acer is a Taiwanese company founded in 1976 by Stan Shih, his wife Caroline Yeh and a group of five others, under the name Multitech. It began with eleven employees and U.S. $25,000 in capital. It then changed it’s name to Acer in 1987.
At first, Acer was a distributor of electronic parts and a consultant in the use of microprocessor technologies. Acer joined the emerging IBM PC compatible market soon enough and tagged itself as a significant PC manufacturer.
In 2000, Acer directed it’s focus to technology development and user-friendly computing. It further decided to support the sale of products through specific marketing activities that utilised strategic distribution channels. It paid off – revenues increased from $4.9 trillion in 2003 to $7 trillion in 2004.
By 2005, Acer was 7,800 people worldwide, primarily to support the global sales and service network. And in 2006, revenues reached U.S. $11.32 trillion.
Although Acer’s North American share has seen a substantial downfall in the last couple of years, the company’s European market share has risen drastically.
To stride even more rapidly than organic growth would allow, Acer went on an acquisition spree.
Today, Acer offers a wide range of products such as desktop and mobile PCs, servers and storage, LCD monitors, high-definition TVs, projectors, smartphones, tablets and navigation/handheld equipment.
In keeping with its aggressive stance, Acer recently entered the smartphone sector in the Indian subcontinent with several handsets in the mid-level segment aimed at the price-conscious Indian population. Acer further partnered with Snapdeal in late 2014 to revive it’s smartphone business in India with the launch of two new handsets.
The Tough Just Got Tougher: Introducing Corning’s Gorilla Glass 5!
This one goes out to all my clumsy comrades who keep dropping their smartphones from new heights and of course, to all you other more sapient creatures who’d like to know just how sturdy the next generation of touchscreen iPhones is going to be.
Corning is coming up with the King Kong of tough glass material, the “Gorilla Glass 5”.
Established in 1851, Corning Inc. is a veteran in the glass and ceramics manufacturing industry with the experience of over a century and a half under its belt, and the credit for developing the ion exchange and fusion process to make toughened glass – a kind of shatterproof glass with a high resistance to physical and thermal pressure. It is used everywhere from automobiles to buildings to cookware to bulletproof windows and even space shuttles!
Corning Gorilla Glass has been used on more than 4.5 billion devices worldwide, including more than 1,800 product models across 40 major brands! Some companies that use Corning Glass in their products are: Acer, Asus, HP, HTC, Lenovo, LG, Motorola, OnePlus, Samsung, Micromax and Huawei.
A standard feature of any smartphone worth its salt, Corning’s Gorilla Glass is a similarly toughened glass made especially for electronic devices and displays. Interestingly, it was used for the very first time in the first generation of iPhones that was launched in 2007 – months before Corning made it available on the market. While thin and lightweight, it is highly resistant to the battery of scratches that befall a smartphone on a daily basis.
Vice President and General Manager at Corning Gorilla Glass, John Bayne, states on Corning’s website that the new product will secure Corning’s position over those of its competitors.
According to a recent global study, over 85% of smartphone owners have dropped their phones at least once per year and 55% have dropped their phones three times or more. Additionally, more than 60% of smartphone owners reported dropping their devices between shoulder and waist height.
In addition to the ability to withstand unfortunate falls, the tougher glass promises an unmatched clarity and sensitivity while being thin enough for your smartphone to look as slim and slick as ever.
Mobile devices are the primary tools consumers use to capture, view, create, send and consume digital content, and the cover glass is the interface for touching, typing and swiping that content. Consumers count on their cover glass to deliver damage resistance, optical clarity, touch sensitivity, and protection from drops.
Gorilla Glass 5 is a marked improvement over its previous iterations. Where Gorilla Glass 4 could only survive falls of up to 3.2 feet, the new one can survive those of up to 5.2 feet. With more than half of all smartphone users dropping their cell phones at least thrice each year, and with most of those falls occurring from shoulder or waist height, the new glass is a much-needed advancement in prolonging the lifespan of our precious devices.
There has also been some speculation, ever since the launch of the iPhone 5 in 2014, over whether Apple might choose Sapphire glass, a harder material made of Sapphire crystal, over Corning’s Gorilla Glass. However, Apple has consistently refused to use it on its displays and with good reason.
Sapphire is costlier and bulkier than glass. It is also less transparent, which means that more light must pass through the display for it to be bright enough, putting a strain on battery life while making the iPhone bulkier and costlier. Sapphire is, however, practically immune to scratches and which is why Apple uses it on the camera and home button/fingerprint scanner of the iPhone 6.
In all probability, the upcoming series of iPhones will feature Corning’s Gorilla Glass 5. Not only would this be in line with Apple’s plan to make a stronger build of the iPhone after the “Bendgate” fiasco, but it would also make sense given the fact that each successive generation of the iconic phone has used Corning’s high strength glass.
Even though Corning and Apple work in a rather clandestine fashion, and there has been no official statement on the matter, it would be rather safe to make that prediction.
Acer Announces Windows 10 Powered Smartphone
Acer, at the IFA event in Berlin recently, announced its high end device running the latest Windows 10 OS, the Jade Primo.
The Jade Primo comes packed with an innovative feature of the new OS – Microsoft’s Continuum docking station which allows the touchscreen device to connect to the keyboard, mouse, and other peripheral devices, turning the handset into a PC.
Acer has been marketing the handset as a “Pocket PC” packed with all the new features of the Microsoft Windows 10.
The Continuum dock does not use wireless technology though, and requires a hardware connection for its functioning and at the Acer’s IFA press conference, the handset was connected to a standard PC display, keyboard and mouse, to demonstrate the device. The secondary display connected to the handset resembled the design and the appearance of the Windows 10 mobile start screen rather than having an appearance of the Windows 10 for PCs.
The handset is also restricted to running only the x86-based apps and the universal apps on it, and still has no support for the desktop applications.
Although Acer hasn’t revealed the detailed specifications of the upcoming device, the basic specs we found were that it sports a super AMOLED 5.5-inch screen, 21 megapixel rear-facing camera with dual-LED flash, and 8 megapixel front-facing camera, and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor. The handset comes with a docking station, and other accessories like a keyboard and wireless mouse, to enable the smooth transition from mobile to desktop modes.
Being the first in its kind, Acer’s latest handset might prove to be a replacement for the desktops and laptops, for some of the tasks that one can manage with a light processor. Also, as the device is introduced in the market by Acer, it indicates the price to be pocket-friendly.
However, nothing is specified yet about the pricing or the launch date of the device.