Today’s Top Stories: Apple Acquires Chomp, Acer’s Liquid Glow
Welcome to this morning’s edition of “First To Know,” a series in which we keep you in the know on what’s happening in the digital world. Today, we’re looking at three particularly interesting stories.
Apple Acquires Discovery Engine Chomp
Apple has acquired app discovery engine Chomp, TechCrunch reports. The acquisition could lead to a complete revamp or at least big improvements to Apple’s App Store. Chomp’s 20+ employees will all be joining Apple’s ranks; the company CEO Ben Keighran has already joined iTunes Marketing.
Acer Launches Liquid Glow Smartphone
Acer has launched a somewhat unusually named Android 4.0 smartphone: the Liquid Glow. It’s a 3.7-inch device with a 5-megapixel camera and NFC capabilities. We’ll likely learn more about the Liquid Glow at the Mobile World Congress held in Barcelona next week; for now we know that the device should hit the market in early summer 2012.
Sony Ericsson Xperias Get Android 4.0 Beta ROM
Sony has launched an Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) beta ROM for its Xperia smartphones. Some of the ICS functionality will not work, since this is merely a preview version, but it’s a chance for users to try out the latest and greatest of what Android has to offer on their Xperia devices.