Jen-Hsun Huang, co-founder, president, and CEO of chipmaker Nvidia has publicly confessed his love for Android, Google's popular mobile operating system.
Following the announcement of Nvidia's third quarter financial results, he praised
the versatility of the operating system during a session with analysts and journalists, calling it the most 'disruptive' operating system in decades.
"Android is the most disruptive operating system that we've seen in a few decades, in a couple of decades," he said.
"We have some for WinRT or Surface but our focus is that going forward the vast majority of Windows on ARM will be Surface and the vast majority of everything else in Tegra is Android. Android is not just about phones," he added, saying that it not only runs in smartphones, but also in tablets, set-top boxes, gaming systems, and all-in-one PCs. Nvidia's portable gaming console, Shield, also runs Android.
"Shield is our initiative to cultivate the gaming marketplace for Android. We believe that Android is going to be a very important platform for gaming in the future, and to do so we have to create devices that enable great gaming to happen on Android."
"Android is probably the most versatile operating system that we've ever known," he said, "and has the benefit of also being connected to the cloud. And so the day that you turn it on, it's incredibly useful, with all kinds of applications already on it," he added.
It doesn't come as a surprise as the majority of devices powered by Nvidia chips run Android including devices made by OEMs like HTC, Asus, Acer, Xiaomi, Toshiba and HP. The success of Android means more demand for Nvidia's chipsets as it diversifies from graphics chips that power personal computers.
Revenues for its Tegra chips more than doubled compared to the previous quarter, assisting Nvidia marginally exceed analyst expectations though sales of its GPU for mainstream PCs is declining.
Nvidia expects the Tegra chipset line to be the biggest driver of the company's growth during 2014.