Google hasn’t had much luck so far with selling many Chromebooks but the company is hoping to have better luck selling super-cheap notebooks based on its popular Android operating system. Intel chief product officer Dadi Perlmutter tells CNET that Intel is supplying Atom processors for a line of Android touchscreen notebooks that will be aggressively priced in the $200 range. Perlmutter said that we’re unlikely to see Windows-based notebooks priced in this range, however, since their retail cost “depends on how Microsoft prices Windows 8” while Android is free for OEMs to use. The Intel executive didn’t provide any release timeframe or specifications for the future Android notebooks.
Speculation swirled late last year that Apple (AAPL) could be considering a switch away from Intel chips in its notebook computer lines, opting instead to use its own in-house ARM-based chipsets. Such a move likely wouldn’t happen anytime soon, but Intel (INTC) may have found a way to benefit from this eventual shift away from its processors while actually boosting its business with Apple in the process: Build Apple’s in-house chips. More →
The rumors were true — Intel (INTC) really is working to shake up the television industry by offering its own set top box that delivers live television broadcasts over the Internet. But there’s a catch — as AllThingsD reports, the box will include a built-in camera that’s designed to watch users in their living rooms to collect data on their viewing habits to better help marketers target their ads. Erik Huggers, Intel Media’s corporate vice president, told the D: Dive Into Media conference on Tuesday that users should think of the camera as a way to personalize their experience with their television, much in the same way that Google (GOOG) users allow the company to collect data on them and deliver personalized ads based on their search histories, email contents and Google+ posts. More →
The PC industry is in shambles and no one is going to be hit harder than Microsoft (MSFT) and Intel (INTC), according to the latest forecasts from market research firm Canalys. Consumers continue to favor Android and iOS tablets over Windows and Intel (a.k.a., “Wintel”) PCs. The research firm found that combined shipments of desktops, netbooks and notebooks in the fourth quarter of 2012 declined roughly 10% year-over-year. The Wintel PC market is expected to suffer further and is estimated to fall from a 72% market share in 2012 to a 65% share in 2013, representing a 5% decline in unit shipments. More →
Intel (INTC) is indeed working on a service that will look to change the way cable TV is consumed, but it is running into some of the same problems Apple (AAPL) has seen in its efforts to turn the TV business on its head. The Wall Street Journal reports that Intel is currently in negotiations with media companies to discuss plans to become a “virtual cable operator,” selling TV channel bundles that would be delivered to users over the Internet. The company is also pitching the idea of offering TV channels outside of bundles, however, and this is where it is running into problems. More →
Intel (INTC) looks primed to give the cable industry some much-needed competition. Unnamed sources have told TechCrunch that Intel is “preparing to launch its rumored virtual cable TV service and set-top box… on a city-by-city basis so Intel has more flexibility in negotiating licensing with reluctant content providers.” TechCrunch’s sources say the reason Intel is getting into the set-top box is simple: the company has failed to convince manufacturers to put its chips in their “smart” television sets and the company wants to show the industry how it’s done. Or as one source puts it, Intel is annoyed that “everyone [is] doing a half-assed Google TV so it’s going to do it themselves and do it right.”
Windows 8 tablets that were set to be equipped with a new, energy-efficient chip from Intel (INTC) are reportedly being delayed until early 2013, according to Information Week. PC makers are said to be having trouble building drivers for the company’s dual-core Clover Trial Atom Z2760 processor, which was expected to help manufacturers compete with the iPad and several top-notch Android tablets in terms of performance and battery life. More →
Intel (INTC) is reportedly planning to make significant changes to its Ivy Bridge processors that could see a new wave of powerful and battery-efficient Windows 8 tablets launch in the near future, according to a report from CNET. By lowering power consumption, PC makers could build tablets or even PC/tablet hybrids that will have batteries that last all-day as opposed to just a few hours. CNET’s report says it’s not clear when Intel plans to push out the more efficient Ivy Bridge processors and that they won’t be available this year. Intel has been criticized in the last several years for its failure to make Medfield-powered smartphones that compete with ARM’s mobile processors. It’s believed Intel’s inability to build capable chips for the mobile market is one contributing reason as to why CEO Paul Otellini is retiring in May 2013.
After a 40-year run and an active role in shaping the landscape for mobile and desktop computing, Intel (INTC) announced on Monday that its CEO Paul Otellini will be retiring in May 2013. Intel didn’t reveal specific reasons, but it could have something to do with the company’s failure to make Medfield-powered smartphones fast enough to compete with ARM’s mobile processors. Otellini recently criticized Microsoft (MSFT) for releasing Windows 8 in a “half-baked” state. Intel hasn’t announced who is next in line to lead the company, but it said Otellini will be remain as an advisor during the six-month transition. Intel’s press release follows below.
Shares of Intel (INTC) dipped on Monday following reports that Apple (AAPL) is working toward a shift away from Intel processors in its Mac computers. Apple’s line of MacBook notebooks is the most popular laptop line in the world, and such a move would undoubtedly have a big negative impact on Intel’s business. Industry watchers did not appear to be surprised by the news, as Apple’s eventual move toward using in-house chipsets to power its computers follows the same logical course Apple took with its mobile device lineup. According to Sterne Agee analyst Shaw Wu, however, Apple’s inevitable shift away from Intel chipsets won’t happen any time soon. More →
Intel’s (INTC) chief executive officer Paul Otellini has some harsh words for one of the company’s closest partners. According to a report from Bloomberg, Otellini told employees that Microsoft (MSFT) is planning to release its Windows 8 operating system before it is fully ready. The executive reportedly believes that the software still needs improvements before it is ready for public consumption. A number of analysts have echoed these concerns, noting that the Microsoft’s partners haven’t had enough time to work out the operating system’s various kinks. “We are concerned at the level of bugs and fine tuning that appears necessary to get the beta systems we demoed ready for prime time,” Alex Gauna, an analyst at JMP Securities, said in a research note earlier this month. Microsoft is scheduled to release Windows 8 on October 26th.
UPDATE: Intel CEO Paul Otellini has denied Bloomberg’s report, his statement follows below. More →
Motorola Mobility unveiled three new Android smartphones earlier this month, in an effort to show off its holiday lineup before attention turned elsewhere. On Tuesday, however, the Google (GOOG)-owned smartphone maker unveiled a fourth handset that will launch over the coming weeks, and this one is a bit more unique. Beyond the 4.3-inch “edge-to-edge” AMOLED display, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, 8-megapixel camera, Kevlar coating and sizable 2,000 mAh battery lies a 2GHz Intel Atom processor, making this the first Motorola smartphone powered by one of Intel’s “Medfield” mobile chips. Pricing and firm launch details are still a mystery but Motorola confirmed that the RAZR i will be released in “select European and Latin American markets including the U.K., France, Germany, Argentina, Brazil and Mexico” beginning in October. No U.S. launch details were revealed. Motorola’s full press release follows below along with a video of the RAZR i in action. More →
Because next month wasn’t already busy enough, Google’s (GOOG) Motorola Mobility and Intel (INTC) have an “exciting announcement” planned for September 18th, PhoneArena reports. The companies went on record recently in stating that they would announce their first Medfield-powered smartphone later this year as Intel tries to break into the mobile market, and this event could see Motorola and Intel deliver on that promise. The wording in the invitation and the “#motoedge” hashtag at the bottom suggest the device could be dubbed the Motorola EDGE, but nothing has been confirmed at this point. More →