Intel CEO Otellini praises Apple iPhone, OS X; says Windows can’t cut it in mobile space

“Apple’s iPhone is forcing a new wave of mobile device innovation, and validates the superiority of Unix-like systems on mobile devices over Windows, claimed Intel chief executive Paul Otellini,” Tom Sanders reports for vnunet.com.

“‘Virtually every computer and handset manufacturer on the planet is struggling to figure out how to compete with Apple,’ Otellini said at the Morgan Stanley Technology Conference in San Francisco,” Sanders reports.

“Apple’s forthcoming iPhone offers far more features than competing mobile phones, and Otellini believes that handset manufacturers will have to switch to more powerful yet energy-efficient processors to compete,” Sanders reports. “Intel is developing an ultra low power micro-architecture with integrated graphics that will be able to power mobile devices with mere milliwatts of power. The first version of the chip is slated for release later this year.”

“Intel spun off its mobile phone chip business last year to the Marvell Technology Group. It has been suggested that Apple’s iPhone will run a Marvell Xscale processor,” Sanders reports.

Sanders reports, “Microsoft has been unable to meet Intel’s requests to create a Windows version that performs well in the mobile space, he claimed… You can get Windows CE in there, but you sure can’t get Windows Vista in there as a small kernel version, which we are nudging [Microsoft] to do. We would like to see Microsoft do a much more power-optimised, form factor-optimised kernel [like ‘a Linux or a Unix derivative kind of product like OS X’].”

Full article here.

The Inquirer reports, “Intel Chief Paul Otellini reckons Apple’s iPhone shows Unix-like systems are better than Windows for mobile devices. And having had a Windows phone for a few months, we’d be forced to agree.”

“Microsoft’s current Windows Mobile platform is unreliable, we have found. Sometimes pressing ‘answer’ when the phone rings cuts you off. This is somewhat pants,” The Inquirer reports.

Full article here.
Have you ever tried to use a Windows Mobile device? It’s worse than Windows on the desktop, if that’s possible.

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41 Comments

  1. I’ve got a Motorola Q with Verizon service. The web browsing experience is not the smoothest despite claims in the industry that Verizon has one of the fastest cell networks for wireless. I find that pages do not always display properly, and page updates are not smooth. Doing simple thing like checking a stock quote can take minutes due to hicups in the down loads and screen updates. This is the only thing I use the phone for aside from being a GPS driven Map system. At that it is excellent. Verizon was my number one carrier 2 years ago but failure to adopt new technologies and when they did they crippled them severely and charging higher than warranted price for minutes with outrageous price for overages brought me to Cingular where I’ve been reasonable happy with the Razr. Guess what my next phone will be…especially now that I found a place to sell my old phones.

  2. I blush to admit that I have a Windows Mobile device (at work). I too have pressed the ‘answer’ button and had the call terminate – and I assumed it was something I had done wrong. That’s the thing about using Windows Mobile: you feel kind of guilty, as though you’re not in control (because you haven’t read the manual properly). As for switching tasks (e.g. looking something up for someone while on a call), forget it!

    If Apple can bring their usual fresh-thinking and ease-of-use to mobile devices, they will surely clean up. Perhaps they could then go on to fix CD/DVD packaging – you know, cling-wrap that you can remove without recourse to a pair of scissors, and jewel cases that don’t break the first time you open them.

  3. WallStreet,
    I have been saying that since the day that video came out. Steve Ballmer and Bill Gates have laid-out so many lies about Vista being “the first to do something” or that the Mac OS “can’t do something” that it is just sickening to watch.

  4. “the most expensive phone by far ever in the marketplace” – Ballmer

    My first was £1000 to buy, as a lease over five years £25 per month, two years earlier it had been £2,500, It was a Motorola (5600X(?)). This was way back, 1986 I reckon, but still within “ever”. It was probably relatively cheaper in the USA, maybe only $1000.

    It seems blatant lying is the norm these days.

  5. Overall, I think the competition from Apple will make MS stronger, as well as be a boon for all PC users.. Look what happened to Intel — they were really struggling (NetBurst, anyone??) against stiff competition from a smaller, more agile company (AMD). They realizied they had to reorganize and produce a strong competitor to AMD’s product. They had the massive budget and manufacturing capability to completely switch chip architectures in just a couple of years, and are planning another one. They went from laughing-stock to performance leader in just a few years.

    This type of stong competition spurs invention and progress, and the ultimate winners are the consumers.

    I wonder if MS can learn Intel’s lesson…

    PS: It seems MS may be learning. It has been reported that MS’s new OS will be a major departure, and will in fact break backward compatibility. Perhaps their collaboration with Novell (and a Linux-like kernel for future MS OS’s) has something to do with the break in compatibility??

  6. We had the definition for “pants” used as slang. Now, pant-hooting is what Microsoft’s CEO does:

    “Pant-hoots have four distinct phases. Calls may begin with a brief introduction consisting of a series of unmodulated tonal elements of low frequency. A progressively louder build-up follows, containing elements that are typically shorter than those in the introduction and produced both on inhalation and exhalation (figure 7f). Some further acceleration in rhythm may occur during this phase. The third phase, the climax, is characterized by one or several long, frequency-modulated elements resembling a scream in acoustic properties. This section is frequently present during pant-hooting of male chimpanzees and typically absent in females. Frequency reaches its peak in this phase. It is often accompanied by a vigorous charging display, which may include erection of hair, running along the ground, dragging or flailing branches, throwing rocks or other loose material, slapping the ground with hands, stomping with feet, hitting or stamping at a tree (drumming display), seizing branches and swaying them vigorously from side to side, or showing exaggerated leaps or brachiation in a tree (Goodall 1986). Pant-hoots conclude with a let-down portion, which includes unmodulated tonal elements of low frequency, similar to those of the build-up.”

    http://www.gibbons.de/main/papers/2000musicevol/2000musicevol.htm

    The “throwing rocks or other loose material” is particularly interesting. Presumably, chairs would count as “loose material”.

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