Intel revealed that the first Android tablets based on an x86 processor should be available in Q1 of 2012. This tablet could be very similar to the Red Ridge reference design tablet that the chip maker showed off during IDF to demo Android 3.2 Honeycomb running on a Medfield-based tablet.
During Intel's Developer Forum today, the chip maker revealed its next-gen Haswell chip architecture set to debut in 2013. It will be the successor to the Ivy Bridge architecture, which has yet to ship for 2012, and is built on the same 22nm process but promises up to a 20-fold reduction of overall power consumption.
Google and Intel announced a new partnership today at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) that will make future Android releases optimized for Intel chips in addition to the current de facto ARM-based chips. Android smartphone and tablet prototypes were even shown off during the event, running on Intel Atom chips.
TabCo has come clean, and as expected the "brand behind the brand" is Fusion Garage. The CEO behind the underwhelming JooJoo, Chandra Rathakrishnan, is back with his team's second attempt at a tablet, along with the confession that "our initial [JooJoo] hype did not meet the performance of the product." Grid 10 is the slate he believes will change all that, based on the Android kernel but with "a stunning" interface on top.
Qualcomm has acquired a bundle of gesture recognition technologies from developer GestureTek, promising to integrate the systems into current and future Snapdragon chipsets. While the exact technologies in question are not specified - Qualcomm only says "certain intellectual property assets related to gesture recognition, as well as key engineering resources" - the systems are likely to allow for motion-based control of future smartphones, tablets and home entertainment devices, similar to what Microsoft's Kinect offers on the Xbox 360.
We've had more than one look at these magical mystical tablets, one of them a bit fat 9.4-inch Android tablet, the other being a dual 5.5-inch fold-out tablet, also Android based. Both of these devices will be rolling out with Android 3.x (more than likely Android 3.1) Honeycomb and will be connecting over either 3G, 4G, or both, again more than likely. The first tablet is what may be considered at the moment to be a more traditional look at a tablet being 4:3, one piece and ready to roll out with Honeycomb, while the other is a folder-type tablet whose screen spreads out across two displays in a form factor not yet often seen in top-tier Android devices.
Welcome to this week's edition of the SlashGear Week in Review. With Computex 2011 going on there were all sorts of new gadgets and other gear being unveiled at the show and lots more going on during the week. Monday we learned that the Samsung Galaxy S II had sold 1 million units in Korea. That number is a record and it took the original Galaxy S 70 days to sell a million units. The Asus Eee Pad MeMO 3D went official early in the week with a 7-inch screen and support for 3D with no glasses. The tablet's 7-inch screen has a resolution of 1024 x 600.
Intel has confirmed that it has received the Android 3.0 Honeycomb code from Google, and that it is "actively" working on porting the tablet-centric platform to run on x86 chips like its Atom processors. Revealed during Intel's glowing Q1 financial results call, president and CEO Paul Otellini said that the company was working with "first-tier notebook vendors" on Android tablets using Intel processors. Leaks back in March suggested Intel was readying as many as eight Android-on-x86 devices for demonstration at IDF Beijing this month.
Yesterday I mentioned that AMD had announced that it was supporting USB 3.0 on its chipsets that would ship this year. That announcement marked the first major microprocessor firm to throw its weight behind USB 3.0. Intel has been pushing ThunderBolt and has maintained that the fast interface is a complement to USB 3.0, not a replacement.
Intel is the world's largest maker of microchips and as such, the company has a chip for just about anything that might need one. Intel has been hinting that it might have a new chip that it is currently developing called the Cloverview chip. The chip is apparently an Atom part that has been tweaked to be more power efficient.