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Acer acquires GPS firm Xplova

2015/09/02 21:52:13

Acer CEO Jason Chen (photo courtesy of Acer)

Taipei, Sept. 2 (CNA) Taiwanese computer maker Acer Inc. (宏碁) said Wednesday it has acquired Xplova (愛普瑞), a Taipei-based GPS cycling computer brand, to extend its reach in the sports industry.

The acquisition will be carried out through Acer e-Enabling Service Business Inc., an Acer subsidiary under its eBusiness group. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

"The acquisition will allow Xplova to benefit from Acer's technology, global brand name, and marketing and channel reach," the PC maker said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Acer said, it will integrate Xplova's hardware, cloud computing platform, community service capabilities and industry expertise to expand further into the sports sector.

By acquiring Xplova, Acer said, it can tap into China's huge cycling industry with cloud-enabled sports services, helping cyclists to search for the best routes in terms of distance and physical territory, find biking activities, and share cycling fun and knowledge.

Xplova's core competencies include the design and manufacture of smart cycling computers. It also provides cycling community services like route planning, live tracking of group members in cycling events, and analyses and summaries of personal cycling activities for cyclists worldwide.

(By Jeffrey Wu)
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