Intel has been trying to make headway in the smartphone market for quite
some time. Its latest attempt might not have generated any major buzz,
but the company's chips have been slowly reaching smartphones. At least six
smartphones with Intel chips have either made their way to stores or are on the way, including the recently launched Motorola RAZR i.
the reasons why Intel-powered smartphones are yet to click with
consumers is the lack of major manufacturer branding, which is partly
because of the lack of 4G LTE support in the chips. No major
manufacturer wants to release high-end devices without 4G support as
consumers demand it in bigger markets like US.
Intel confirmed the
lack of LTE support in Medfield chips to TechCrunch recently but
promised that it is coming soon. The company's director of product marketing
Sumeet Syal told the blog that 4G support is in the pipeline, noting
that Intel "will be shipping some LTE products later this year and
ramping into 2013".
With markets around the globe increasingly
getting 4G, Intel would not want to be left behind in this race. 4G LTE
support will give manufacturers' like HTC, LG and Sony another reason to
consider Intel chips for their phones.
reason of concern with Intel chips is the lack of compatibility with
all Android apps. Recently an Android blog found that even Google's
Chrome browser was not compatible with the Motorola RAZR i smartphone, which
runs on an Intel chip.
Syal however points out that majority of apps
work fine with Intel chips. "We're not quoting any numbers - but the
majority of all the apps we've tested work just fine," Syal told
TechCrunch. He also noted that the Intel software team is continuously
working to make sure that all the apps work, which means incompatible apps are