Print 41 comment(s) - last by mindless1.. on May 22 at 11:36 AM

Intel CEO Paul Otellini.  (Source:
Intel: Android is too fragmented, Windows 8 ARM devices won't be compatible with legacy apps

Intel Corp. is having a busy week. 

We 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 earlier 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."

According 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.

Comments     Threshold

This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled

RE: Load of BS
By Reclaimer77 on 5/19/2011 12:53:11 PM , Rating: 2
How many games can you look at today and think: I might play that in 10-20 years time?

Pretty much anything made by Blizzard. Hell WoW is pushing 10 years old, and when it hit's it I'm sure there will still be like 11 million subscribers.

RE: Load of BS
By omnicronx on 5/19/2011 1:17:55 PM , Rating: 2
I agree..

I'm pretty sure I could still play the original StarCraft and have more fun than most games out today ;)

RE: Load of BS
By Reclaimer77 on 5/19/2011 2:27:34 PM , Rating: 2
Oh hell ya, Lan party!

RE: Load of BS
By lol123 on 5/19/2011 2:48:19 PM , Rating: 2
I'm backing you up on that 100%.

RE: Load of BS
By JediJeb on 5/19/2011 4:37:20 PM , Rating: 2
I wish I could find a good emulator for the Xwing, Tie Fighter, XvT, games. Those were great and since my last DOS/W95 box died I haven't been able to get them to run on anything else :(

RE: Load of BS
By Reclaimer77 on 5/19/2011 7:09:03 PM , Rating: 2
Emulator? They won't run on XP or XP Compatibility mode?

"So, I think the same thing of the music industry. They can't say that they're losing money, you know what I'm saying. They just probably don't have the same surplus that they had." -- Wu-Tang Clan founder RZA
Related Articles

Copyright 2016 DailyTech LLC. - RSS Feed | Advertise | About Us | Ethics | FAQ | Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information | Kristopher Kubicki