Wintel has received another blow, from Intel this time.
As Microsoft has announced its Windows operating system will add support for ARM-based platforms, Intel has recently decided to cooperate with Taiwan-based notebook makers including Inventec and Compal Electronics to push Intel/Android solutions and will showcase several devices based on the new solution at Intel Developer Forum (IDF) Beijing in April 2011, according to sources from notebook makers.
In addition to Windows and its self-developed MeeGo, Intel has add support for Android to its processors and the new strategy will allow its partners to have more choice, while significantly saving costs from licensing fees.
More choice. Isn’t that sweet?
Why would OEMs ship Android instead of that other OS? Because it is less expensive and the market demands small cheap computers. Now retailers will have something else to put on shelves. OEMs have tiny margins. They can raise margins significantly by shipping Android while reducing the retail price a bit. Everyone wins except M$. That’s good business because the world does not need to work for M$.