Intel Corp. is having a busy week.
reported yesterday that Intel is prepping to roll out more than 35
Atom-based tablets by the end of the year, including a number for Google's
Android OS. But, according
to CNET, Intel CEO Paul
Otellini recently called Android's fragmentation "chaos."
"Apple's objective is to control everything
end to end so they can control the experience and the pricing," Otellini
said at an Intel's investor. "Google's model is to get as broad a
base as possible because, how do they get paid? They don't get paid by selling
Android. They get paid by clicks. At the end of the day, the more pervasive
Android is, the more money Google ultimately makes because advertising revenue
can accrue from it."
Otellini added that the software is going through
"growing pains," but that it will eventually be rectified. His
hopeful tone was similar to that of NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang's statements
in the week about Android's slowly being worked out.
Otellini compared Android's current
state with Microsoft in the past, which ran on platforms such as
DEC's Alpha, IBM's PowerPC, ARM, and MIPS "before settling predominantly
on Intel's x86 architecture," CNET reported.
Speaking of Microsoft -- statements made by
another top Intel exec have angered Microsoft.
EWeek reported yesterday that Renee
James, senior vice president and general manager of Intel’s Software and
Services Group, suggested during an investor meeting that Microsoft will
make different versions of its upcoming “Windows 8” for Intel and ARM-based
devices. The ARM-based devices, she said, won't be able to run legacy Windows
apps, which were designed to run on Intel's x86.
"There will be four Windows 8 SoCs for ARM.
Each one will run for that specific ARM environment, and they will run new
applications or cloud-based applications," James said. "They are
neither forward- nor backward-compatible between their own architecture –
different generations of a single vendor – nor are they compatible across
different vendors. Each one is a unique stack."
to Business Insider, Microsoft
was not happy about her statements. The company replied:
Intel’s statements during yesterday’s Intel Investor Meeting about
Microsoft’s plans for the next version of Windows were factually inaccurate and
unfortunately misleading. From the first demonstrations of Windows on SoC, we
have been clear about our goals and have emphasized that we are at the
technology demonstration stage. As such, we have no further details or
information at this time.
The vagueness of Microsoft's statement means
that James might have been at least partially correct. More details should be
announced in September, at Microsoft's developer conference.