Intel-powered smartphones were among our predictions for CES probably due to various rumors as well as the buzz around the new Medfield chip. There are still no devices announced but Intel and Motorola Mobility announced a multi-year strategic alliance.
In light of the agreement, Motorola Mobility — acquired by Google in August of 2011 — will deliver smartphones which shipping later this year using Intel’s Atom processors and Google’s Android platform.
Since it is a multi-device partnership, tablets are also part of the agreement. “We are delighted to be partnering with Intel to deliver smartphones and tablets based on Intel’s Atom processor to consumers and businesses”, said Sanjay Jha, Chairman and CEO, Motorola Mobility.
What does this mean for the consumer? First of all, Google’s Android code will be optimized for Intel’s chips, instead of only supporting them. Despite rumors of Samsung and/or LG coming out with Atom processors, Motorola will probably be the first one to grace the market with such devices. Other OEMs might follow as the partnership is definitely not exclusive but Motorola (and Google) will be the pioneers for Intel’s entrance in the mobile world.