Intel: Nokia partnership was 'a mistake'

Intel: Nokia partnership was 'a mistake'Intel boss Paul Otellini says regrets ever having gone into partnership with Nokia on the ill-fated MeeGo project, but promised the work they did together on the project won't go to waste.

In fact, Intel promised we'll be seeing smartphones running Intel processors early next year – although that's pretty much what he said this time last year.

Intel largely went quiet after Nokia pulled out of the MeeGo partnership to get behind Windows Phone 7 instead. But several new hardware partners have expressed an interest in picking up the slack recently, and Otellini says things are very much back on track.

“You'll see the first Intel-based phones in the first part of next year,” he promised an Intel's annual investor meeting yesterday, revealing that a number of “major players” would be involved.

Otellini says its partnership with Nokia was the reason behind all the delays. “In hindsight, Nokia was the wrong partner to have picked.”

Via Engadget

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Stelph  May. 18, 2011 at 09:34

IMO Intel share just as much of the Blame, if anything if it had been with any other company it would have folded even quicker than it has done considering how much money Nokia was throwing at R&D.

Meego was a genuinely interesting and exciting piece of software for a smartphone but it just seemed to me that Intel never really got onboard with the idea of hitting the smartphone market hard (probably because it meant supporting devices without intel inside!) and so delayed and delayed while development for Atom processors slowed up the whole process. If Meego had been done and dusted last year and on the market I think it would have made a significant difference, as it was it took too long and Nokia were under severe pressure to break back into the smartphone market and did a very sensable choice, backed a new contender OS with a huge backer who could help them back to the top.

mmandan77  May. 18, 2011 at 10:28

Just read in Akihabara News that Fujitsu have created a phone using Intel ATOM processor.
I guess it is not quiet far when Meego devices on ATOM comes soon.

JanSt / MOD  May. 18, 2011 at 12:05

Intel, poor, poor Intel.
Of course if they had bothered to make the various Alphas and Betas available to non hardcore geeks (i.e. installable for non-commandline-wizards), maybe they would have created more positive feedback, instead of "how the %*&^" can I get the £$^&*&**( TO WORK ON MY n900" :p

Well, maybe the Nokia N9 will change the attitude?


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