While many people would say that Acer hasn’t seen the best success in the smartphone and tablet market, the company’s implementation of Android on those devices hasn’t gone completely ignored. Ace has one of the more unique proprietary user interfaces on the market, and you can usually find it in the rooting and developer community, positioned on a custom ROM or two for other devices. As for the tablet market, the ICONIA name may not be a household name, but it’s certainly not the worst of the worst, either.
With that being said, it’s a sad day if new reports coming from the Economic Daily News in Taiwan are to be believed. According to the new report, Acer is cutting back significantly in the tablet and smartphone agenda, even scaling back the teams responsible for these efforts. Acer is moving 300 of its research and development personnel within its touch business group to other departments within the company. The manufacturer is apparently leaving only 30 people within its smartphone division, and 70 in the tablet part.
That seems remarkably small, even for a company that is “scaling back” on those specific efforts. We will have to see how CES 2012 goes this year for the company; we’re still hoping that the company will showcase their new ICONIA tablet.