By Stephen Schenck | September 19, 2013 7:09 PM
Admit it: if you’ve been following mobile tech for as long as we have, there’s probably been at least one occasion when you’ve confused ASUS and Acer. And why not? Both are based out of Taiwan, both make Android as well as Windows-running products, and while we’ve seen phones from each, they’re both probably best known for their tablets. Lately, we’ve been talking a lot about mergers and acquisitions – Nokia and Microsoft, whatever’s going to happen to BlackBerry – and now that conversation is drifting over to ASUS and Acer.
We’re far from any formal commitment to unify these companies, but recent comments from executives at both firms are giving the impression that they’d be open to the idea. Whether or not anything actually happens is going to depend on a lot of factors, and it’s not even clear yet if a merger would be in the financial interests of each company’s shareholders.
Still, it’s a fascinating idea. ASUS in particular has been seeing its stock rise in recent years, thanks in no small part to its role in producing Nexus hardware; could an influx of new talent and ideas really help this pair push past other manufacturers of lesser stature to start competing on the level of the HTCs, LGs, and Samsungs of the world? If any of this comes to pass, we just might be getting those answers.