Acer: will announce tablets in New York event. Nov 23, 2010.
Acer plans to launch "multiple" tablet devices at an event in New York on Nov. 23, with different OSes and multiple form factors, the company's CEO said Friday.
The market has been waiting for version 3.0 of Google's Android mobile software for use in tablets, said Gianfranco Lanci, president and CEO of Acer, but he did not say whether Acer planned an Android tablet.
He is optimistic about tablet sales and forecast a market of 40 million to 50 million globally next year.
Eventually, he believes, Acer can take a 15 percent to 20 percent share of the tablet market.
With the rise of the tablet, sales of netbooks appear to be slowing down, but Lanci is not worried about the effect on sales of Acer's mini-laptops.
"The idea that the tablet will cannibalize the netbook, we don't see it, except in the U.S.," he said.
Acer also talked up a new app store it plans to launch, one store for all types of devices it sells, from desktops to laptops and smartphones, and multiple operating systems, including Windows, Meego and Android. Acer calls the store the NGS, for New Generation Store. The company plans to reveal more details about the store at the Nov. 23 press conference in New York.