Acer founder: Android will beat Apple

Acer founder Stan Shih thinks Apple’s days at the top are numbered, and Google’s Android operating system will be the victor in the industry’s heated mobile platform wars. In an interview with Chinese-language Taiwan newspaper United Daily News as reported by Taiwan Economic News, Shih stated that Android is the world’s most popular mobile operating system by volume and it will “outdo” Apple’s iOS in the near future. In particular, Shih sees Google’s alliance with Intel as a union that will lead to great things. The pair will develop innovative solutions that optimize Android’s speed and performance, Shih said, speculating that Android-powered, Atom-based mobile devices will outsell Apple’s portable gear. Finally, Shih noted that Apple’s “post-PC era” doesn’t mark an end to traditional personal computers, but rather a diversification of form factors and capabilities that will complement media tablets and other emerging devices — a sentiment that echoes an earlier BGR feature.

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