It wasn’t too long ago that Asustek was muted to be discussing a takeover of its struggling local rival, HTC after its own mobile division posted a profit. However, the takeover rumour was strongly refuted by HTC shortly after becoming public news. Today, we have Acer’s CEO, Jason Chen, shooting down talk of a merger between itself and Asustek, stating that the joining of the two companies would violate Taiwan’s Fair Trade laws.
Asus is currently riding a high after announcing that its mobile division turned a profit in May, having sold over 1.5 million smartphones in the month. With the release of its aggressively priced ZenFone 2 in North America, Asus expects the trend to continue and hopes to sell around 2 million handsets in June. As is natural with companies seeing positive results, Asus has given its rivals the once over to see if it is financially viable to expand by taking over a competing company to fuel further growth. Read more
According to news out of Taiwan today, Asustek is readying new variants of the ZenFone 2. These new variants will be powered by Qualcomm and MediaTek. The reason for this diversification is Asus‘ goal to double its smartphone shipments this year and to top 17 million units by year’s end.
According to DigiTImes, Intel is working with 6 to 8 notebook manufacturers to push into the Android tablet PC market. Among them are 2 Taiwanese companies, Inventec and Compal Electronics. It is expected that they will show some of the new devices at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in Beijing next Month. If R&D does not go well, they may hold off until later this year at the Computex Taipei.
It was also reported that Intel has been working with Google on the development of notebooks and netbooks. During the second half of 2011 Intel/Chrome OS solutions will be released. Samsung, Acer, and Asustek will be launching related models.
[via DigiTimes by BGR]
Asus is one of the latest manufacturers to admit they are focusing on Android development, despite working on a Windows Phone 7 device.
Many other companies also seem to be hanging on the fence to see just how these mobile OS wars pan out in the popularity game over the next quarter.