Intel's Android Difficulties

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Google (NASDAQ: GOOGL  ) took the mobile world by storm when it unveiled the Android operating system back in 2007. Little did anybody know that this would become the world's most popular smartphone OS and, if it isn't already, the world's most popular tablet OS. Unfortunately for Intel (NASDAQ: INTC  ) , the company originally bet on the Meego platform via Nokia. Nokia, at the time, was the world's largest handset vendor. However, Nokia backed out to support Windows Phone, leaving Intel to reorient itself. 

Over the last few years, Intel has been feverishly working to enhance its presence on Android. With an Android team rumored to be larger than Google's own Android team, and a real need to win in mobile, does Intel have what it takes to overcome some of the challenges that face it as the newcomer to Android? Join Eric Bleeker and Ashraf Eassa as they chat about Intel's Android difficulties. 

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  • Report this Comment On January 29, 2014, at 10:34 AM, keeperoftheq wrote:

    Intel May Exit the Mobile World in 2015 Barring Success in 2014.

    The mobile industry has a number of power players that tend to drive the success and innovation of the industry as a whole, and while the makeup of this pool of companies can change at any time it’s been pretty consistent over the last few years. Samsung dominates the overall smartphone market and Sony supplies more camera sensors than anyone else. Qualcomm and Samsung pretty much rule the chipset market, but MediaTek has taken an upswing over the past year and is now powering a number of mid to entry-level smartphones and tablets. Intel on the other hand has yet to get a good foothold in the door, and apparently this isn’t being unnoticed by some higher-ups at Intel either. A rumor that’s said to be circulating in the upstream supply chain in Taiwan is saying that Intel might be considering quitting the mobile business if it doesn’t see some significant product gains in 2014. While this likely won’t impact the mobile market too much since Intel doesn’t have many products featuring its processors, there could be some other ramifications as well.

    Recently Intel’s partnership with Lenovo ended, marking another manufacturer that likely won’t be using Intel’s chipsets in 2014, but they have been working on other partnerships to replace that one. They’ve also been pulling out the big guns to try to sell their lofty goal of 40 million tablets by year’s end by giving some significant incentives for manufacturers to use Intel chips in their

  • Report this Comment On January 29, 2014, at 1:10 PM, bluesky64 wrote:

    Bottom line AMD guided up 10% yr growth and Profitable and Intc guided flat .

    So in my eyes AMD turnaround story and growth is the clear winner for an investment.

    Both are great companies.

  • Report this Comment On January 29, 2014, at 10:48 PM, lrd555 wrote:

    Apple's already sold tons of 64 bit chip & iOS devices. Android's stuck in 32 bit mode for the foreseeable future. No wonder Google dumped Motorola. Ain't no sense in holding onto a stagnant platform. Not to mention the total fragmentation.

  • Report this Comment On January 30, 2014, at 11:08 PM, rav55 wrote:

    Intel notebook shipmenst are being cut by 41% next year. Intel slide continues........

    "Samsung cuts target notebook shipments to 7 million units for 2014

    Aaron Lee, Taipei; Adam Hwang, DIGITIMES [Monday 27 January 2014]

    Samsung Electronics has set a goal of shipping seven million notebooks globally in 2014, a reduction of 41.67% from the 12 million units shipped in 2013, and will no longer launch conventional notebook models except Chromebooks in 2015, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers.

    "Samsung aimed to ship 17 million notebooks in 2013 but actually shipped 12 million units, the sources said.

    Since Samsung has a policy of maintaining in-house production for most of its notebooks, smartphones and tablets, the decrease in 2014 target shipments will not have a negative impact on Taiwan-based ODMs and component makers, the sources indicated."

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