Intel's move into the mobile market is less than two weeks old and already the company's looking to make waves. At CES, CEO Paul Otellini revealed that Intel's Atom Z2460 -- aka "Medfield" -- chips would be powering Motorola and Lenovo phones in the second half of the year. Although Lenovo's Atom-powered K800 was on display at the show, no Intel-based smartphones have actually launched yet -- and Otellini's already talking about plans to make a mobile System on a Chip that includes integrated 4G capabilities.
Smartphone makers by and large appear to be skipping tri-core silicon and heading straight into four-core territory as they roll out high-end models for 2012. One of those is the X3, LG's upcoming flagship quad-core smartphone that will be powered by Nvidia's Tegra 3 chipset and Google's Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich platform. A name change is probably in the cards.
Samsung late last night put the word out that it's started producing embedded multi-chip package (eMCP) memory for use in entry-level and mid-range smartphones. The new eMCP solutions are offered to manufacturers in a wide range of densities and utilize LPDDR2 (low power double-data-rate 2) DRAM made with 30nm class process technology and NAND flash memory using 20nm class technology, Samsung said.
It didn't take long for Verizon to figure out the obvious, which is that $300 is a bit more than some people are willing to pay for a high-end device, even the Droid RAZR. Now you don't have to. Big Red has gone and launched a new SKU for $200 (with a 2-year service contract), pricing the smartphone in more reasonable territory. It's the exact same phone, just with less storage.
With the way things have been going lately, it wouldn't be the worst thing in the world for Research In Motion if a company swooped in and scooped up the BlackBerry handset maker, especially if said company was Samsung. There's only one problem with that specific scenario: Samsung isn't interested. Never has been and probably never will be.
Adobe may have brought the curtain down on the development of Flash for mobile devices, but it has not entirely forsaken existing users of its Flash Player for Android. Seeing as the browser plugin is so infamous for its numerous bugs and security vulnerabilities, it would be criminal on Adobe’s part if it were to completely extricate itself from Flash for Android all of a sudden. Last month, the company released the last major Flash update for Android, adding Android 4.0 support to the plugin. Now it has released a minor followup to that update in the form of Flash Player 126.96.36.199.
The next time you're out battling the crowd at Wally World stocking up on toilet paper, cereal, and fish bait (hopefully for different purposes and not because of some weird fetish), you may decide to add a Windows Phone 7.5 device to your shopping cart. It's not exactly a tough sell when the mega retailer decides to give one away for free, like it's doing with Nokia's Lumia 710 smartphone.
What a difference a last name makes. Apple co-founder Steve Jobs made it his mission to "destroy Android" even if it meant bankrupting Apple in order to do so. The other Apple co-founder, Steve Wozniak, doesn't spew the same venom towards Google's green machine as Jobs once did, and even wishes his beloved iPhone could do some of the same things as Android, or at least do certain things as well as the open source OS.
Intel has been talking up a storm about its plans to infiltrate the mobile device market and inject x86 processors into smartphones and tablets, and at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Intel was still talking about it, only with a little more detail. Two of the things Intel announced at CES is a multi-year, multi-device strategic relationship with Google-owned Motorola Mobility to deliver Atom-powered devices.
Given a choice, most enthusiasts would prefer a stock build of Android on their smartphone, and the preference towards an unmolested UI is part of the reason people root. But not everyone has the know-how or courage to root, even though smartphones sporting custom UIs far outnumber ones with a stock build. The reason, according to Motorola Mobility CEO Sanjay Jha, is because it's tough to make money on stock devices.