“Lin noted that Acer surveys have shown that most consumers believe a tablet PC is like a PC device, meaning it needs an open environment; therefore, Acer has chosen Android that supports Flash and USB to allow consumers to have a more complete Internet browsing experience.”
see Digitimes: “Acer expects component shortages for tablet PCs and smartphones“
One of the many unfortunate consequences of the strong earthquake in Japan is that some suppliers are off-line and it is not know how long or how strongly this will affect various OEMs. It seems Acer will concentrate on producing notebooks which could dampen tablets.
Acer seems to value the openness of Android and tablets. That is a refreshing sign and a hopeful one that OEMs and retailers may finally be kicking the Wintel habit in a big way.