Digitimes reports that several big players in the PC industry are investing heavily in R&D in order to remain competitive in 2012.
“An Acer executive also pointed out that the PC industry is experiencing a significant change, transitioning from Wintel system dominated to competition between several different platforms. Therefore, to the ability to develop devices based on Google’s Android system or ARM will become important.”
Remember when ASUS shook the world with the announcement of GNU/Linux on a netbook? Well, that will look like a teardrop compared to the flood of innovation 2012 will bring. Expect Android/Linux and GNU/Linux on ARM to intrude into the desktop/notebook space previously dominated by Wintel and the players will push product before M$ because the software is out there already. They just have to tweak it.
The OEMs have been M$’s lapdogs for too long because they saw no alternative. There are several alternatives now and M$ will no longer get a free ride. Neither will Intel. Choice will be present on retail shelves for the first time in more than a decade and widely.
see Digitimes – “HP, Dell, Acer to expand R&D investments“
These folks, combined, ship 40% of the world’s x86/amd64 PCs. They plan to increase R&D effort from 50 to 100%. They are serious.