updated 08:00 am EDT, Mon August 23, 2010
Acer chair convinced iPad will get minority share
Acer chairman JT Wang today predicted that Apple would drop to just 20 to 30 percent of the tablet market in the near future. The executive anticipated that the presence of both Acer's tablets and others to make the iPad a minority once the market 'settles.' Wang put most of his faith in Android and assumed that Google passing Apple in smartphones would repeat itself in the tablet arena, according to Taiwan's Economic Daily News.
Historically, more open platforms have eventually overtaken closed systems, Wang argued. The next highest after Android, RIM's BlackBerry, has been losing share, but Nokia has also been losing share despite the open-source nature of Symbian. Acer's leader saw Android primarily needing time to take its place.
The claims come as Acer itself may be delaying its tablet to 2011 in a market where most competitors have also had to move their devices to no earlier than the fall. Android tablets are arriving soon, such as the Velocity Micro Cruz Reader and Samsung Galaxy Tab, but differentiation may be an issue as many will have the same features and resolutions as smartphones but just in larger screen sizes and without the ability to make phone calls.
Apple, meanwhile, is believed to have near total mindshare as many customers are only aware of the iPad even if they know other competitors are available. The company is believed on track to sell several million iPads by the end of the year and may have a large head start on Acer and most of its competitors.