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Submission + - Motorola's first Intel-powered handset launches in UK (bbc.com)

lookatmyhorse writes: As [ promised http://mobile.slashdot.org/story/12/01/11/1640224/intel-powered-smartphones-arriving-soon%5D Google's Motorola unit has released its first Intel-powered smartphone. The Razr i is based on a mid-range model sold in the US that features an ARM-based Snapdragon processor. Motorola said the change of chip meant improved camera performance. However, it has also meant Google's Chrome browser is not installed on the device. [Intel recently cut its sales forecasts citing weaker demand http://www.theverge.com/2012/9/7/3300061/intel-reduced-q3-earnings-forecast-windows-8%5D. Although it dominates PC chip sales it is a niche player in the [smart device sector. http://mobile.slashdot.org/story/12/06/15/1259244/why-intel-needs-smartphones-more-than-they-need-intel%5D The handset is Motorola's first to feature an Intel processor Its existing smartphone partners — ZTE, Lenovo, Lava, and Gigabyte — are all relatively minor smartphone forces in Western markets. So, Intel's tie-up with Google — which also makes the Android system — is widely seen as its most significant effort to crack the market to date. [ The handset will be offered in the UK, France, Germany and Latin America. http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-19635451%5D
Sony

Submission + - Playstation Vita Won't Make Calls, Future Device Might (itworld.com)

itwbennett writes: "If you can play games on a phone, why can't you make a phone call from a gaming console? Well, it seems like Sony was thinking the same thing. The Playstation Vita comes with 'everything you'd expect to find in a smart phone. 3G radio, GPS, touch screen interface, front and rear cameras,' says blogger Peter Smith. And although you won't be able to make a call on this device, Sony isn't ruling out the idea for future devices. In a Q&A session (translated by Electronista), Sony Computer Entertainment Senior VP Yoshio Matsumoto told reporters '...if you’re asking if we’ve made it [the Vita OS] in a way that’s expandable, so that it’s possible to apply to smart phones and tablets on top of achieving the high responsiveness we need for gaming devices — it is possible.... that doesn’t mean that we’re applying it to smart phones and tablets at this point in time, but it’s been designed with expandability in mind.'"

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