Acer wants its own app store

Following the path that Apple opened, more and more handset manufacturers want their own app store. We have Nokia’s Ovi Store, RIM’s BlackBerry App World and so on.

Now Acer, which has recently ventured into the smartphone biz, also ponders at setting up a software marketplace for its handsets.

According to Mobile Entertainment, Acer’s senior corporate vice president, Mr. Aymar de Lencquesaing, said at a press event held in London that the company “is examining the viability of an app store”, although he can’t yet confirm they will actually launch it. 

The first batch of Acer smartphones, comprised of the WM 6.1-based Acer M900, F900, X960 and DX900, should be on sale starting this spring.

In the second half of 2009, Acer will also launch four Windows Mobile 6.5 handsets: F1, L1, C1 and E1 (the last two are said to come for less than €49).


So, if the Taiwanese company indeed launches its own app store, this would be competing with Microsoft’s Windows Mobile catalog.

Could Acer offer more than what Microsoft is already offering? Let’s wait and see.

Author: Ilinca Nita

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