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Talk of the Day -- Apple foes plan blitz ahead of iPad 3 launch

Talk of the Day -- Apple foes plan blitz ahead of iPad 3 launch

Google Inc. Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt will visit Taipei Wednesday to strengthen partnerships with major Taiwanese technology companies using the search giant's mobile platform Android or web browser Chrome, local media reports said Monday.
During his first-ever visit to Taiwan, Schmidt is also expected to discuss with Taiwanese OEM and ODM makers possible strategy to fight back against Apple Inc. ahead of the launch of a new generation of Apple's iconic iPad tablet or iPad 3, the reports said. Schmidt, a former Apple board member, is visiting Taiwan at the invitation of the CommonWealth Magazine to deliver a keynote speech, titled "The Incredible Exploration," at an international forum on information technology innovation. Coinciding with Schmidt's visit, AsusTek Computer Inc. will unveil a new Android tablet model Transformer Prime, according to the Economic Daily News. Also this week, Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC Corp. will also launch new devices using Android system, the paper said. The following is an excerpt of the local media coverage of Google chairman's upcoming visit and the Google camp's counter-offensive plan against Apple: Economic Daily News: Schmidt's first-ever Taiwan visit follows the recent launch of Android 4, also known as "Ice Cream Sandwich," the latest update to the search giant's Android mobile platform. Local financial market analysts said Schmidt's visit indicates the importance Google has attached on local OEM and ODM manufacturers who play a critical role in both Apple and non-Apple camps. In comparison, the market analysts said, Apple senior executives have never visited Taiwan. Besides addressing the CommonWealth Magazine-sponsored forum, Schmidt will also hold a panel discussion with Acer Inc. founder Stan Shih. During his one-day stay, Schmidt is expected to meet with key Google partners to share vision of using Google platforms, such as Android, Chrome OS and Google TV, to create a new ecosystem, industry sources said. Local electronics industry tycoons invited to talk with Schmidt included HTC Chairwoman Cher Wang, Quanta Computer Inc. Chairman Barry Lam, Hon Hai Ahirman Terry Gou, Compal Computer Chairman Hsu Sheng-hsiung, Acer Chairman J. T. Wang, MediaTek Inc. Chairman Tsai Ming-kai and AusuTek Chairman Jonney Shih. Schmidt will also meet with Taiwanese government officials to discuss details about a Google plan to build a data center in central Taiwan's Changhua County that will provide users of Google platforms or operating systems in Taiwan and other Asian countries with faster access to its services. (Nov. 7, 2011). (By Sofia Wu)


Updated : 2021-04-18 17:17 GMT+08:00