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Intel and Google in talks for Android MIDs?

Intel and Google in talks for Android MIDs?

Google and Intel are reportedly working together, regarding support for the Android platform on Intel-based MIDs.  While that might seem slightly unusual - given that Intel has been heavily promoting its Moblin open-source platform for MIDs and netbooks - according to Taiwanese MID manufacturers it's all part of the chip company's plan to be "the hardware platform of choice".

Intel & Nokia announce Moblin & Maemo collaboration; HSPA licensing

Intel & Nokia announce Moblin & Maemo collaboration; HSPA licensing

Details on the Nokia/Intel collaboration are out, and unless the duo are planning a big surprise for their imminent conference call it's not quite the announcement we were hoping for.  That means no Intel-based Nokia MID or netbook, but a "long-term relationship" to develop new mobile device architectures with integrated Nokia HSPA/3G connectivity.  The pairing will also coordinate their Moblin and Maemo Linux platforms, with common technologies and cross-OS applications.

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Foxconn SZ901 netbook with Linpus Lite Moblin V2 [Video]

Foxconn SZ901 netbook with Linpus Lite Moblin V2 [Video]

On the eve of Computex 2009, some company's just can't keep their excitement to themselves.  Foxconn have been spilling the details on their SZ901, and Sascha at netbooknews.de caught up with the 10.1-inch netbook at the Linpus headquarters.  Under the hood there's the usual Intel Atom N270 processor, 1GB of RAM, a 160GB hard-drive and, slightly more interesting, a UMTS 3G WWAN module, but it's the OS which is actually catching our attention.

Video demo after the cut

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Intel Moblin v2.0 beta for netbooks released

Intel Moblin v2.0 beta for netbooks released

Intel have released Moblin v2.0 beta for netbooks and nettops, the latest version of the company's open-source OS for Atom-based devices.  Mobile v2.0 brings with it a new, visually-enhanced GUI, together with the "m_zone" homescreen, integrated Twitter and Last.fm widgets, and a new integrated browser based on Mozilla's engine.

Video demo after the cut

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Intel pass Moblin reins to Linux Foundation

Intel pass Moblin reins to Linux Foundation

Intel have handed over the reins of the Moblin platform to The Linux Foundation.  Moblin, the open-source Linux OS that Intel have been developing for the past two years, will now be accessible to a larger number of programmers, and Intel's stated purpose for the transition is to take the OS "to the next level".  At the same time, the chip-maker is obviously hoping that greater adoption of Moblin would drive interest in their own Atom processors.

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Xfce creator talks Linux, Moblin, netbooks and open-source

Xfce creator talks Linux, Moblin, netbooks and open-source

As Intel's investment into the Moblin OS gets increasing attention, and more non-technical users are introduced to Linux-based platforms in the shape of low-cost netbooks, 2009 will see open-source become more mainstream than ever before.  Under the hood there's much that makes Linux safer, more efficient and secure than rival systems, but for most new users it's what they can see on-screen that counts.  SlashGear caught up with Xfce creator Olivier Fourdan, whose desktop environment has not only been selected by Intel for Moblin but can be found on many existing Linux netbooks, and talked Intel, Moblin, the future for netbooks and what challenges he sees for open-source newcomer Android.

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