Two things that almost every consumer electronics manufacturer is doing these days is to develop their iteration of an App Store and an e-book reader. Acer’s not different too as Jim Wong President of IT Products division has confirmed that they’re indeed planning to launch it in middle of this year.
Acer’s App Store (or applications store) will be a one stop platform for users running Acer devices on different OSes like Android, Windows and Windows Mobile. Wong said the apps will be “low-cost or free” but refrained from telling the exact price range. Acer is estimating to launch it around the middle of 2010 with Chrome OS apps expected to be added after the launch.
Acer will be launching its e-book reader by June-end, indicating we might be able to see it at the Computex, early that month. Acer’s version will have a 6-inch monochrome display and will be targeted at the European and the Asian markets.
One uncommon thing that Acer is trying to do is push hard to become the first vendor to launch Chrome OS netbooks. Wong did not confirm the exact launch date but he said consumers can expect it in Q3 2010. It’s still not clear if Acer will bundle the OS along with Windows – which they already did with Android – or offer it as a single OS machine.