Acer is not exactly known for its smartphone offerings. But the company is possibly looking at RIM in trying to create a “social network” of Acer smartphone users if a recently filed patent application is anything to go by.
In the patent application titled “METHOD OF CHANGING STATUS OF INSTANT MESSAGE SOFTWARE“, Acer has described a system where the user may be able to dynamically change the status message of his/her Instant Messenger application based on the activity being carried out on their mobile phone.
For instance, if the user is on “standby”, the online status shall be automatically set to ‘Away’. Also, if the user is driving or commuting, the system will configure the IM user status to “Busy” and so on and so forth.
Acer has officially announced the specs and price of its new convertible touchscreen ultraportable notebook, Acer Aspire Timeline 1825PT. The notebook is extremely powerful coming with a Core 2 duo processor, 8GB RAM and 8 hours of battery. Here is a gist of what is on offer
Platform : Windows 7 Home Premium
Display : 11.6 inches HD WXGA LED Backlit with 1366 x 768 resolution
Processor : Intel Core 2 Duo with Mobile Intel GS45 Express chipset
Memory : Up to 8GB DDR3 SDRAM
Storage : 160GB – 640GB or larger
Networking : WiFi a/b/g or a/b/g/n and optional Bluetooth 2.1+EDR and 3G WWAN
Battery : 6 cell Lithium Ion battery
Warranty : 1 year international travelers warranty
Chrome OS, the web focused operating system for netbooks could be making its debut soon according to reports on VentureBeat. The website has heard from sources that Acer could be unveiling Chrome OS based devices during the Computex Taipei show that is to be held between the 1st and 5th of June this year.
It is not entirely clear what kind of devices could be up on display. While Chrome OS is built for netbooks, it can also be used on tablets and smartbooks – devices that run on ARM kind of processor infrastructure.
Also, how closer the device is to launch remains to be seen. TechCrunch points out that while Chrome OS is “coming along quickly“, it is not ready as yet.
Nevertheless, it just makes sense to hold on to another two weeks to hear from Acer about this.
The German arm of Acer has announced the prices of the TimelineX range of notebooks. According to a recent release, the company has revealed that the four TimelineX modes – 1830T, 3820T, 4820T and 5820T shall be priced between €549 and €749.
In a bid to bolster its revenues, Acer has a few plans up its sleeves for May. The company has revealed that it shall be unveiling a launching a fresh suite of mobile internet devices (MID) aimed at the mobile customer.
According to Acer CEO and President, Gianfranco Lanci, the new suite of products will employ version 4.0 of the Shell user interface besides incorporating 3G wireless connectivity.
Netbooks and laptops account for close to 69% of the company’s revenues and the new suite of products will help the company retain its leadership in the netbook segment where Acer is currently the market leader.
Acer has announced its new range of Aspire Ethos laptops that will come with touch screens. Unlike touchpads that are so ubiquitous on the modern day laptops, the touchscreen on Aspire Ethos will replace this touchpad and will carry icons for users to navigate through the various files.
“The extra touch screen, placed below the keyboard where a touchpad would normally sit, can display icons that make it easier for users to navigate through movies or music, said Alison Williams, an Acer spokeswoman. The screen will also allow users to do things like adjust the volume or sort through images.”
Besides this, the Aspire Ethos range of laptops will run on Core i5 and Core i7 processors and Advanced Micro Devices ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5000 series graphics card. There are two display dimensions of 15.6″ and 18.4″ and the laptops will provide 1.28 Terabyte of space through two 640 GB drives.
Acer is reported to be working on a ultra-thin notebook that shall come without a frame, will have color printed on the back of the glass-substrate to act as the cover and might have touch keyboard replacing the conventional model in order to reduce cost.
Folks at DigiTimes write that inside sources have told them that this “next-gen” notebook could be launched as early the second half of 2010.
“Acer is expected to adopt Corning’s reinforced glass substrate and simply print color on its back to allow the substrate to function like a notebook cover for a frameless design. The design will help reduce the thickness of the ultra-thin notebook and can also reduce material costs.”
While a frameless design to reduce material costs sounds interesting, it is also a point to note if the company is looking at compromising vital features for lower cost. Nobody’s going to like it if the notebook they purchase for a few hundred dollars is going to drop and break at the first instance, I tell you!
Acer is working on a technology that will combine the real-time connectivity offered by instant messengers with Internet Protocol TV (IPTV) technology to build a system that will enable users watch the TV shows of their choice right from the comfort of their instant messengers.
The technology, a patent for which was filed with the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently describes a way to connect an instant messaging module to a television card and control the outputted audio and video signals from the IM service. It is not clear if Acer plans to integrate this service with third party messengers like Skype or Yahoo Messenger