Acer buys Xplova to help cyclists track their rides
BERLIN — Acer is rolling into the cyclist market by buying Xplova, a GPS biking tracker maker.
Acer CEO Jason Chen, speaking Wednesday at the IFA electronics show in Berlin, revealed his company has purchased Xplova, which provides hardware and software for cyclists. The GPS bike computer helps bike riders plan and track routes, navigate with turn-by-turn and analyze their performance.
Chen said Xplova has 15,000 “members” who’ve uploaded 200,000 pieces of data and planned more than 52,000 routes.
The company didn’t immediately provide further details about the acquisition or plans for Xplova.
Acer made the announcement along with many other product releases during a press conference in Berlin. It also showed off new Chromebooks, Windows 10 PCs and a new Windows Phone it calls “the world’s first PC phone,” the Jade Primo.
Acer suffered when the market shifted away from small notebooks called netbooks to tablets. It saw its market share crater quarter after quarter but has now been pushing thinner and lighter designs to better compete with tablets and other PC rivals.