Remember back in the 1990s when PCs had stickers on the front that said, “Intel Inside?” Soon you might be seeing that branding on Nokia smartphones. Today, Intel Corp. and Nokia Corp made it official. The two companies announced a new partnership for mobile smartphones, with Nokia becoming a chip customer for Intel.
The two companies have announced that they will work together on chip architecture, as well as the actual devices. Intel has long been a leader in the PC chip space, but has been unable to successfully expand into the mobile phone market, and analysts see this as an opportunity for the Santa Clara, California-based company do to so. This could be bad news for Texas Instruments, which has been among the largest suppliers of chips to Nokia.
One thing is certain with this announcement, the smartphone wars are just heating up. We’ll be watching very closely to see what the Intel/Nokia partnership might deliver. And competition is only going to get more fierce.
More mobile players are coming out this week as well. The Wall Street Journal is reporting today that Verizon will also be releasing its first Good Android-powered handset by year’s end, and produced by Motorola. This comes after T-Mobile has already announced the first follow-up to last year’s smash hit with HTC produced T-Mobile G1.
Factor in the Palm Pre for Sprint, and the new iPhone 3G S, both of which are new to the market, and consumer choice for smartphones is looking really good. Ironic of course given last week’s letter to the FCC by four U.S. Senators, including former presidential hopeful John Kerry.
Mobile Phones Are Annoying
Are you annoyed by how others use their mobile devices? If so, you’re in the vast majority. About 90 percent of U.S. adults admit to being annoyed by the mobile etiquette of others. This is among the key findings of a new survey from Intel, which found that the biggest pet peeve was texting or typing while driving, and was cited by 72 percent of respondents.
About 63 percent felt that those who talked too loudly on their phones were most annoying, while private discussions on very personal matters on their mobile phones annoyed about 55 percent. And more than half of respondents, about 54 percent, found it frustrating to have colleagues text during meetings.
And this is most certainly a case where people believe it isn’t them who are the problem. Of course, only about 38 percent of respondents admitted to indulging in these antisocial behaviors. Go figure.