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Acer Iconia Tab A500 Honeycomb Tablet
Lowers year-end notebook shipment outlook as well.

Acer's plan to become more like Apple has hit a little speed bump. Rather than sell a record amount of tablets, the company slashed its tablet shipment target for 2011 by nearly 60 percent.

Reuters reports that Acer also lowered its notebook shipment outlook.

The forecasts might be an indication of Acer realigning its outlook with reality. The company missed its last three quarterly forecasts while under the leadership of CEO Gianfranco Lanci. Lanci resigned in March over a difference in vision with the board of directors over the company's future. 

According to Reuters, Acer Chairman J.T. Wang told said Q3 will be considerably more stable than the first half of the year, and that "the fourth quarter will be even better." Still, the new target for tablet shipments is 2.5-3 million units by years end, instead of the 5-7 million the company had envisioned at the start of the year. 

The turmoil within the company and the missed forecasts have adversely affected Acer's shares. According to Reuters, shares have plummeted 30 percent since the company first cut its PC revenue outlook on March 25. In May, Acer posted a drop in total sales of nearly 30 percent.

While Acer said it expected to sell 800,000 tablets in each of the second and third quarters of the year, Apple, by comparison, sold 4.69 million units in Q2 alone.

If Acer wants to become more like Apple, it's going to have to seriously step up its game.

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The Android problem continues
By Belard on 6/15/2011 5:07:42 PM , Rating: 2
The other general problems with Android Tablets was caused by Android itself.

Most Android tablets are using Android 2.x, which is also confusing because does this mean Android for phones stay in the 2s? Or skip to 4? Or will there be a 3.0 for Android phones?

* I've experienced this before in the 80s~90s with Amiga. In 1992, you can go into an Amiga store/mail-order business and buy a NEW Amiga computer out of the 8 or so different models, that computer will come with AmigaOS 1.3, 2.0, 2.2 or 3.0. 1.3 was important to maintain gaming compatibility (one of the few issues with Amiga).
I bought a slightly older but still new Amiga with 2.0, but I used a Hack tool to boot me into 1.3, but otherwise hacked into 3.0 because the company DIDN'T sell 3.0 OS for my computer. (AmigaOS 3 was easily faster than AmigaOS 2)

But the biggest problem that 2.x caused was public perception of the Android OS for tablets... In a RUSH to get something out there, not UNDERSTANDING how and why iPad is successful. They modified 2.x and stuck it into a tablet. They include: Asus, Dell, Samsung, Creative, Acer and a dozens of NO-NAME Crap. And even now, a customer will have to do RESEARCH to find out which tablet has 2.x or 3.0 or 3.1. UGH! Its a clusterfrack.

Meanwhile, any iPad will work with the latest updates including iOS5.

Look what happened to XOOM... half baked, bad experience. It devalued the Android brand. What? Pay more for a product than an actual iPad? Or Pay more for a product with a smaller screen?

Acer cuts it down by 60%... I bet it'll be much worse. I believe that market analyst said that Apple will loose a big chunk of the tablet market by 2012... like 85% down to 60% and 35% by 2014.

LOL... I don't think so.

NOOK does many things right, it doesn't look like typical tablet clones... and its not running a standard Android at all.

If Google wants Android to make a dent... they are going to need find a way to strong arm the players to do it right. But the nature of Android being OPEN SOURCE allows anybody to come out with a product with any version of Android and devalue the overall brand.

Apple has full control of their hardware/software. Its tight and works very well. MS has control over who uses WP7... which may end up being only Nokia.

I think the Samsung tablet is as sharp and sexy as an iPad2... but I *STILL* don't like the wide-screen 16:9 aspect ratio. And my experience with Samsung's Galaxy phone (which is a love/hate relationship) has its faults with Samsung and Google. Using the Launcher7 (replaces the Android interface with a WP7 clone) makes the phone far more usable. With that, I have more faith in Apple with my iPad1 than I do with Samsung current and future products - which IMHO, is the best Android product (next to ASUS) on the market.

As much as I *HATE* iTunes... (I bought a Sandisk mp3 player)
I'd say that there is a 90% chance I'll go with an iPad3 over the next Samsung Android tablet. If I was getting a new tablet today, I'd still go with an iPad2 over Samsung since they are both the same price. I'd recommend the Asus Transformer because its $100 cheaper.

In a store this weekend, they have TONS of stock of about 8 different tablets for $280~700. They'll sell 1 of those a day vs 10~20 iPad2s.

* I am a Windows7 user, I don't own any Macs. iPad is my first ever Apple device, that I paid for. My Android 2.2 Froyo is still frustrating to use because it DOES stupid things.

RE: The Android problem continues
By vision33r on 6/17/2011 2:44:35 PM , Rating: 2
Google doesn't care whether they can beat Apple in features or not. As long as hardware mfg will use their free Android OS to help further spread Google's reach. The whole strategy of Google is to serve their advertising model.

With that in mind, it doesn't matter Google fixes their problems or not, they will reach wide adoption through cheaper offerings than Apple products.

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