Intel CEO: Windows 8 tablets queued up, Android tablets can’t compete with the iPad sans ICS
posted by Victor H. / Jan 20, 2012, 4:33 AM
Intel posted better-than-expected quarterly and yearly results - actually the biggest chip maker had a record year with growth in revenue, net income, and earnings per share. With a brand-new marketing push for Ultrabooks, and a serious bid to enter the smartphone and tablet market with its Medfield chips, Intel is definitely looking forward to another good year.
But with that in mind, Intel’s Atom chip for netbooks was the dark spot in the results as revenue from the chip dropped 25% year-on-year.
What’s really interesting, though, is Intel CEO Paul Otellini’s remarks at the conference call where he said Windows 8 tablets are not that far away, and that Android tablets cannot compete with the iPad if they don’t come with Ice Cream Sandwich.
"The thing is, tablets are a little bit about hardware and an awful lot about software," Otellini said. "And I think that until you get to Ice Cream Sandwich, the offering isn't as powerful as what's out there with Apple."
Intel has placed its bet on Android with the latest Medfield chip, which unlike Moorestown, is made on a single silicon piece, and offers significant improvement in power efficiency. The company thinks that with ICS Android will definitely advance more.
"As Ice Cream Sandwich tablets start shipping I think you'll start seeing a little bit better receptivity, you know Google just added the Music Store, the videos are better, everything got a little bit better with ICS," he said. "And so, I think the better test is year two here, in terms of, is there anybody who can compete with the iPad.”
Finally, Otellini added some interesting perspective on when we can see the first Windows 8 tablets saying that “Windows 8 tablets that are being queued up for production." Of course, Intel plans to use this to make its presence seen in the mobile market. Intel’s presence there is expected to bring the cost of materials down and introduce better integration.
We’ve already seen the first benchmarks of Intel’s Atom Z2460, and it’s definitely impressive in the CPU department where a single-core Intel chip beats dual-core ARMs of current generation. Do you think that the company has what it takes to penetrate the mobile market?
LOL @ Android tablets can't compete with the iPad without ICS. Oh indeed Paul - tablets are an awful lot about software. Guess what: Even the original Samsung Galaxy Tab - running Android 2.1 - could download an MP3 file from the web - store it locally for later use - and then play it without installing some app to do so. Not to mention video files, or in fact - ANY kind of file. And I didn't even say anything about downloading torrents, or using it as a portable hotspot. Or the million other things Android can do - and iOS can't. All these things - not even the iPad 3 will be capable of doing.
posted on Jan 20, 2012, 4:43 AM 13
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Even the original iPad could do all those things. And it has apps - something sorely lacking on the droid tablets.
posted on Jan 20, 2012, 5:04 AM 0
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Yeah. You gotta love flash on tablets. Sucks up battery and crashes. No wonder even Adobe is giving up. Fact is Android tablets are slugs compared to iPad and few people bought them.
posted on Jan 20, 2012, 5:02 AM 0
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You specifically have proven yourself to be the most stupid of all ifans on this website lately and thus for this you deserve the Apple Golden sheep trophy award and also have brad Pitt carve a rotten apple logo in your head inglorious style.
posted on Jan 20, 2012, 7:02 AM 7
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At this point, I wish I had battery sucking and crashing flash on my iPad. Because any embedded video on this thing isn't even viewable. I press play and I get nothing but audio and blank box where the video should be. But my trusty Droid... Plays them every time with no issues. Let's face it, the old Android issues that iPhone fans like to parrot to each other just don't apply anymore. iOS is being outclassed in everyday possible with the exception of smoothness. And it looks like Samsung has caught up with Apple on that front as well. Pretty soon, the only bragging rights iPhone and ipad users will have is.... Well, I can't think of anything at the moment.
posted on Jan 20, 2012, 8:49 AM 3
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hope windows 8 will not be as restricted as ios. If windows 8 tablets brings what it promises ie., the integration of desktop and tablet os, then both android tablets and ipads are in big trouble !
posted on Jan 20, 2012, 5:04 AM 6
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if windows 8 is as restrictive as 7/7.5 then I'll be staying with android.
posted on Jan 20, 2012, 5:33 AM 1
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The thing is I barely see any commercials or advertisements for android tablets. Exert for the Motorola tablets is see them more often. If there was more advertisements android tablet share would be better.
posted on Jan 20, 2012, 6:27 AM 1
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Personally i dont see anything majorly wrong with the latest version of honeycomb. I actually sold my ipad in favour of a honeycomb tablet. The freedom and customization that android offers is great and there's more than enough apps on offer.
posted on Jan 20, 2012, 7:10 AM 4
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On android tablets prior ics you have desktop experience (file management and continous timeline multitasking) at the cost of smoothness. iPads give you smoothness at the cost of selling your soul...you got to forget desktop experience and be enslaved by a new method of managing apps and files and be forced to buy all proprietary (Apple) cables, devices or software. Honeycomb has partial hardware acceleration, but with tegra2 doesn't work very well (didn't see personally a galaxy tab). ICS brings full hardware acceleration and even on Anandtech they say if hiccups were the only thing holding you back from taking an android device, from now on it's not anymore the case. Android is growing up and it's exciting to see its progress step by step. People don't understand that it's Open source (almost): if one day you want to build a car radio, a robot and you need a software to manage it you just need to download the code and make a port. Ofc it's not really like this, but you got the picture. You can be an Apple fan, but if you like programming or technology you can't hate android because it's everyone's. You can hate the related brands...Samsung, LG or maybe Google. Be sure I'll be hating Google if they make android completely a proprietary software.
posted on Jan 20, 2012, 8:35 AM 2
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ICS isnt that much of a difference from honeycomb... ics i believe is a huge make over for mobile phones but as far as tablets go i dont see much of a difference
posted on Jan 20, 2012, 8:59 AM 0
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Wrong, ICS is a huge step forward for tablets. The UI will be almost the same, but things will go smoother and hipothetically all ICS ready apps will be compatible with both phones and tablets. If all goes right, there will be no reason to get an iPad unless I want an Apple on its back, I'm a marketing slave and persuadable person, I love Steve Jobs, I like iTunes, I'm a crowd and hype victim, I don't want a pc-like desktop, I don't like widgets, I take a tablet for gaming only, I don't like to watch movies on a 16:9 screen ratio, I don't like to share files via bluetooth, I don't like file management, I like aluminium...
posted on Jan 20, 2012, 10:22 AM 1
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