Google and Intel: Who Needs Whom More?
Intel and Google augmented an existing relationship by agreeing to work together on tailoring Intel mobile processors on the Android platform for smartphones and tablets. Who needs whom more here?Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) and Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) forged a deal to tune Google's Android operating system to run well on Intel's processors Sept 13.
Intel CEO Paul Otellini and Google's lead Android creator Andy Rubin stood onstage together at the Intel Developer Forum to unveil the pact. The two showed off a prototype smartphone using Intel's "Medfield" Atom mobile processor to power Google's Android "Honeycomb" operating system, originally tailored for tablets.
Meanwhile, Gold noted that for all of its prowess of a chipmaker, Intel has a unique ability to make software and particularly OSes that run extremely well. "While they won't necessarily help Android on ARM, they can certainly make Android run great on the Intel architecture, and it's clear Google wants to be a leading OS provider, including on the x86 platforms (PCs)," Gold told eWEEK. "Any help Intel provides Google for use on x86 will also help Android running on ARM since the technology will be repurposed. So, my bottom line is both companies actually have a great deal of benefit from a tight relationship." Regardless, Google is doing a lot of hedging around Android it probably never expected to have to do. The company ponied up $12.5 billion to buy Motorola Mobility (NYSE:MMI), a move the search engine provider positioned as a play to grab massive patent portfolio totaling 17,000-plus patents and counting (7,500 pending.) However, some industry watchers believe, based on Motorola's proxy filing with the SEC, that the phone maker forced Google to purchase it to protect it from gross litigation in the Android ecosystem, where Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) and Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) have sued Motorola for patent infringement over its Android handsets.