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    Intel's emergency maneuver in mobile - Big Tech - Fortune Tech

    Mike Bell leads Intel Mobile division. He was ex-Apple and ex-Palm guy.

    Not sure many remember Mike Bell, He was the products guy (read in-charge of Palm Pre) under Jon Rubinstein

    Intel snaps up former Palm and Apple VP Mike Bell for its smartphone push -- Engadget
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    So you're saying they could consider webOS to power an intel chip smartphone as long as they could line up some manufacturers?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bluenote View Post
    So you're saying they could consider webOS to power an intel chip smartphone as long as they could line up some manufacturers?
    Intel was once of the suitor to webOS (according to some insiders)
    Intel wanted to be in mobile with Maemo (or whatever it is called), but failed
    Intel recruited Mike Bell from the Palm ==> HP transition time
    Relation between Mike Bell and Ron Ruby runs deep , going back to their Apple days

    And now webOS has become open source.

    It makes sense to think that Mike Bell wants to use webOS for Intel's mobile ambitions. I can tell you that Intel badly wants to be No 1 player in mobile chip market. Right now they have "0" chance with Android / iOS. With Microsoft leaning towards ARM chips for Win8, the equations have changed permanently for Intel. They need a platform to sell chips. Period.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gbp View Post
    Intel was once of the suitor to webOS (according to some insiders)
    Intel wanted to be in mobile with Maemo (or whatever it is called), but failed
    Intel recruited Mike Bell from the Palm ==> HP transition time
    Relation between Mike Bell and Ron Ruby runs deep , going back to their Apple days

    And now webOS has become open source.

    It makes sense to think that Mike Bell wants to use webOS for Intel's mobile ambitions. I can tell you that Intel badly wants to be No 1 player in mobile chip market. Right now they have "0" chance with Android / iOS. With Microsoft leaning towards ARM chips for Win8, the equations have changed permanently for Intel. They need a platform to sell chips. Period.
    but webos runs on qualcomm chips right? so what would intel do with an os that doesn't run on their chips?
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    Quote Originally Posted by dan-o View Post
    but webos runs on qualcomm chips right? so what would intel do with an os that doesn't run on their chips?
    webOS mainly uses Qualcomm chips these days, but it doesn't mean it can't run on other platforms. The Pre and Pre2 use TI OMAP chips. The emulator runs on x86 and a while back someone even got it booting on an x86 laptop.

    Intel doesn't really want to create their own OS. They just want a competitive mobile OS (or two) that runs on Intel processors. For example, they've offered to help Google optimize the x86 version of Android (currently only GoogleTVs use x86 Android). So hypothetically they could do the same for webOS.

    Unfortunately for Intel, no hardware manufacturer really wants to use their processors in phones/tablets until they can make them cheaper and less power-sucky.
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    Quote Originally Posted by greenoyster View Post
    webOS mainly uses Qualcomm chips these days, but it doesn't mean it can't run on other platforms. The Pre and Pre2 use TI OMAP chips. The emulator runs on x86 and a while back someone even got it booting on an x86 laptop.

    Intel doesn't really want to create their own OS. They just want a competitive mobile OS (or two) that runs on Intel processors. For example, they've offered to help Google optimize the x86 version of Android (currently only GoogleTVs use x86 Android). So hypothetically they could do the same for webOS.

    Unfortunately for Intel, no hardware manufacturer really wants to use their processors in phones/tablets until they can make them cheaper and less power-sucky.
    Yup,

    From what I heard, they are begging Google to work with them. But El Goog would only let them work on Google TV. The other hardware manufactures are married to ARM variant chips. There is noway I see Samsung and HTC using Intel's chips. They need to make faster yet less power hungry processor.
    For Intel its a do or die situation. Opensource webOS will be good for them to test and tweak their chips.
    Moving the ex Palm exec to the top position certainly helps webOS. Mike Bell knows webOS more than the avid precentral member. So there is hope on opensource.

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