Acer Unveils its Cloud Service AcerCloud. Too Late to the Cloud Party?
The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is on and so is the Acer showcase. What's the hype? The company announced its service called AcerCloud which will be launched during the second quarter in North America and Greater China.
With its free cloud service, Acer users will be able to connect content on Acer laptops, Android phones and other PCs. People will be able to upload all their images, videos, and documents to an online service hosted by Acer, and access them over the Web from any PC, mobile phone, or tablet running Windows or Android. That includes devices from other vendors. However, If you buy a new consumer PC from Acer, the service is free and includes unlimited storage. The service will be up and running worldwide by the end of the year.
Another cloud service like iCloud? Absolutely. This is just the beginning folks. With companies gearing up, resettling their architecture for cloud services and scouring the marketplace for cloud computing experts, Acer, has to get into the fray, albeit it is perhaps too little too late, according to some diehard critics and fans of Google, Apple and Amazon which are the coin of the realm and pure artists when it comes to being exceptionally savvy cloud trendsetters and users.
So Acer is trying to ride on the coattails of a matrix of services green lighted by giants in the business. Isn't its bid to "be like them" the sincerest form of praise and flattery? Maybe, if Acer can pull it off.
The company tore its rabbits out of the hat when it demonstrated three services that will be available on AcerCloud for it's hopefully smooth landing in the marketplace. The first is PicStream which is a photo-sharing service. With the AcerCloud, one can take photos with a smartphone, and AcerCloud puts them on PicStream, which can push the photos back to an Acer PC. However the pictures have a limited accessibility of 30 days. During that time, an AcerCloud-connected PC can backup and access the images and documents as needed, making it an easier process for moving around and managing your media.Continued on the next page