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Motorola and Intel Announce Multi-Year Partnership to Produce Android Mobile Devices

GooMotel, anyone? Motorola and Intel announced this evening at CES that they have agreed to a multi-year partnership that will pair Moto’s use of Android with Intel’s Atom processors. The goal is to “collaborate across hardware, software and services to deliver complete solutions and disruptive new user experiences that offer long battery life, increased computing performance, advanced imaging and video capabilities, and seamless wireless connections.”

They fully expect products to ship some time this year, likely in the second half.  

Intel and Motorola Mobility Strike Multi-Year Strategic Mobile Partnership

Motorola Mobility to Begin Shipping Intel®-Based Smartphone in 2H 2012

LAS VEGAS – Jan 10, 2012 – INTERNATIONAL CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW – Intel Corporation and Motorola Mobility, Inc. (NYSE: MMI) announced that the two companies were entering into a multi-year, multi-device strategic relationship that includes smartphones which Motorola will begin shipping later this year using Intel® Atom™ processors and the Android™ platform.

The collaboration, which also covers tablets, will combine Intel’s leadership in silicon processor technology and computing innovation with Motorola’s mobile device design expertise to deliver products that have the high performance, long battery life and convenience necessary for increasingly mobile lifestyles.

“When great silicon and software technology meets great mobile and design innovation, amazing things can happen,” said Intel President and CEO Paul Otellini. “Our long-term relationship with Motorola Mobility will help accelerate Intel® architecture into new mobile market segments. We expect the combination of our companies to break new ground and bring the very best of computing capabilities to smartphones and tablets, which in turn will help to create powerful new experiences that connect and enrich people’s lives wherever they may be.”

“We are delighted to be partnering with Intel to deliver smartphones and tablets based on Intel’s Atom processor to consumers and businesses,” said Sanjay Jha, Chairman and CEO, Motorola Mobility. “Though there are 5 billion mobile subscribers in the world, less than 800 million are using a smartphone today. With Android as the leading smartphone OS globally and advancements in computing technology we see tremendous opportunity for the converged devices market.”

Smartphones and tablets are quickly becoming an indispensible part of people’s daily lives — making them constant companions. The strategic relationship between Intel and Motorola Mobility will expand opportunity for continued innovation in these areas as they work closely to leverage Intel’s low power system-on-chip (SoC) roadmap for Motorola Mobility’s converged mobile device portfolio. The companies will collaborate across hardware, software and services to deliver complete solutions and disruptive new user experiences that offer long battery life, increased computing performance, advanced imaging and video capabilities, and seamless wireless connections.

About Motorola Mobility
Motorola Mobility, Inc. (NYSE:MMI) fuses innovative technology with human insights to create experiences that simplify, connect and enrich people’s lives. Our portfolio includes converged mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets; wireless accessories; end-to-end video and data delivery; and management solutions, including set-tops and data-access devices. For more information, visit motorola.com/mobility.
  • Anonymous

    Dream phone from Moto:
    *Intel quad-core
    *720p display a la XT917 or XT928
    *13mp back camera (better sensors) with 2mp ffc
    *4G LTE / global capable
    *QWERTY slider with ICS on screen buttons (best of both worlds, allowing for a smaller bezel)
    *removable battery and SD card

    Along with Motorola build and radios. Maybe once Google takes over…. Nexus slate and slider variants. This would include an unlocked bootloader. Yea. With Jellybean ( I prefer Jawbreaker, sounds a lot more serious)
    Lets get on it Googarola, my birthdays in August!

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  • Gunther

    GooMotel? Really, It’s InteGooglerola!

  • Gunther

    Motorola could take a huge bite off Samsung’s market share if only they 1) unlocked the bootloader or provided a means to do so, 2) got rid of, buried, and otherwise erased all memory of Blur from their phones, 3) released fewer devices while focusing on making them better and more top of the line, 3) provided more timely software updates for all their phones, while also leaving intact Android’s new feature to disable bloatware forever.

    • Gunther

      whoops, that last was supposed to be 4)

    • KevinC

      if you think the vast majority of android owners care about an unlocked bootloader, you are very delusional.

  • Anonymous

    You guys are way off base. They made this agreement to take advantage of the chip architecture Intel has in place, with a multi core setup that allows a single low power core to take over when low processing is needed, i.e. screen off and standby. Hybrid processing.

  • The Razr Maxx HD Tegra 3 is the phone Gotham deserves, but not what it needs right now….

    Seriously…a 3300mAh is the only improvement they wanted to make…come on man!

    I’ll be waitin for that Sony phone and then for the HTC Edge…and then for these guys in July…until then my Incredible is runnin smooth for 2 years and just fine.

    Plus in the meantime I can snag that Lenovo Tablet with 1800×1200 res

  • Given that Google is taking over Motorola I would hope that all of
    Moto’s line becomes Nexus style. All stock with unlocked bootloaders.
    Motorola hardware has always been good it’s blur that kills the phone.
    Once the Intel mobile processors have been developed for a year or even
    two I expect them to be pretty impressive battery life is what is
    worrying me and I am sure that is what they are working on the hardest
    right now

  • arrow in the knee

    Its Verizon that keeps locking the bootloaders. Motor has already made that announcement. http://www.androidpolice.com/2011/10/18/motorola-droid-razr-bootloader-locked-but-are-you-really-surprised/

    • You mean like all of the HTC phones that are now unlocked on verizon?

      No excuses

      • Anonymous

        Actually the HTC phones are locked down, as I understand it they just allow you to register your phone to be unlocked which I would imagine could have warranty implications.  At least for Verizon HTC phones that’s how it is, they don’t ship unlocked.
        Hopefully if Moto can’t unlock their phones they at least come up with a similar compromise allowing people to unlock them.

      • Or Samsung phones that ship completely open? Or LG that are open as well. What about Sony Ericson and their unlockable phones? Hmmm?

        Pantech I am not sure about, though.

  • Upcharge

    Clearly all the Intel fanboi responses regarding Intel’s energy efficient and quality CPU designs continue to ignore the epic fail that is their GPU offerings…

    • Jarred Sutherland

      Their GPU’s are not designed to be middle nor top tier products. The Core i series CPUs make up more than enough for the “epic fail” (please stop using that phrase, you sound so worn out) of their GPUs. 

      I’ll use the best that’s out, and if it’s Intel then so be it.

  • I know what they actually mean by “disruptive” new user experiences, but I immediately thought of Motoblur as a disruptive experience.

  • Plastic

    Intoogrola is pretty catchy


  • TheRobotCow

    Quad core droid nexus?

    • never put the droid name next to the word nexus

      • Spencer Shadley

        Especially before it…

    • Droid Nexus Core i7.

  • GCurry

    If executed well, this could be interesting.   If poorly, well, it’ll be like the Siemens/Intel joint venture Biin, circa 1983.

  • Michael Forte

    Really? Motorola just continues to make bad decisions. Intel processors are gonna be a huge battery drain, why do you think it has taken them so long to come to the mobile game.

    • Arthur Brownlee IV

      You don’t know Intel then, as they wouldn’t be jumping in if they weren’t ready to dominate. 

    • Would you rather have Intel wait and release a great chip with great battery life or have them release a half baked battery eating p.o.s? I think I’m ready to jump on the Intel bandwagon here with Arthur. I always use Intel. Period.

  • Anonymous

    They are putting out enough devices that they could use chips from every company.

  • Anonymous

    GooMotel? Um….. Check out time is now. Ew.

  • Boblank84

    If you polish a turd it’s still a turd…I use to love moto phones but start with changing the bootloader policy, not the processor.

    • the phone’s themselves aren’t turds.  The locked bootloader sucks, but the hardware on most moto phones is top of the line. (most is the important part there)

      • Boblank84

        I agree their hardware is top notch as well as their radios, unfortunately that’s about it….

        • Nah they’ve got the software bit down too, especially on the most recent models

          • Boblank84

            lol, good one.

  • JoeInMo

    I doubt there will be a Motorola (as we now know it) this time next year.  Jha has made some very dumb decisions.  I’m not sure why Moto would go into an agreement with Intel.  Intel processors are often not the best and are always the most expensive.  Why not go with whatever the best processor is for each device?  That would make too much sense for Moto.

    • Lgreg64

      they did not say that this would be the only chip they will use.

    • Arthur Brownlee IV

      Often aren’t the best? Best for what? And for performance per dollar they’ve been top dog for a long time.

    • Just because they are working cohesively with Intel on one or more projects does not mean that they will stop any other projects, at least not until after it’s seen whether Moto and Intel can be “cohesive” and efficient.

    • Jarred Sutherland

      You obviously live with your head in the sand to make a statement like often they don’t have the best. 

      The Core series CPUs have been on top since they were introduced, and AMD has had zero products that come near Intel in terms of performance. Price yes, Intel has been more expensive, but when you have the better product you can do that.

  • ducky

    Cant wait to see what they come out with i been a motorola guy since the og droid

  • Anonymous

    HTC needs an enima.

    Motorola needs a buttplug

  • KevinC

    battery life is bad enough with LTE as it is!

    • And the best battery life on real notebooks belongs to which company? Intel? You don’t think Intel could make it work?

    • One thing to remember – everyone is using First-Gen LTE Chips…   first-runs aren’t always the best.  Manufacturers learn alot from these first-runs and make huge improvements in following generations.  I suspect 2nd gen LTE chips should be out in 2012 and be in phones later this year….we’ll see the battery issue decrease with newer chips.

      • I’m pretty sure the Nexus is using a 2nd gen chip, as well as the Stratosphere. They get MUCH better battery life in 4G than the Thunderbolt, Charge, and Revolution do.

        • Anonymous

          OR it could be that the Thunderbolt, Charge and Revolution have 2 year old single core CPU’s that are known and documented to use more power than the current crop of dual cores…..

  • Amarao

    Meh, I’ll stick to ARM powered devices.

  • 1324356565

    Unlocked Bootloader Please?