Jan 10 AT 9:31 PM Dustin Earley 22 Comments

Motorola and Intel announce multi-year mobile partnership

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We were expecting to see some big things out of Intel this CES, namely a reference tablet and possible production model smartphone, but we were not expecting this. Intel and Motorola have just announced a multi-year strategic mobile partnership that has Motorola slated to deliver Atom powered devices as soon as summer 2012.

Hot on the heels of an interview with All Things D, where Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha said his company was going to focus on releasing less devices in 2012, Motorola has announced that for the next several years, they will be deeply involved in a partnership with Intel.

Calling the partnership “long-term,” the press release detailing the announcement says Motorola will work very closely with Intel in both hardware and software to produce Atom powered smartphones and tablets. If everything goes smoothly, Motorola’s first Atom devices could ship as soon as early in the second half of the year.

It may be a little early to make predictions, but I can see it now. An Intel Atom powered Motorola Nexus (I’m going to go with Nexus X or Nexus Black, because they just sound cool) is a serious possibility. Of course so is a Sony, LG, HTC or Samsung one for that matter. But with Motorola being so closely aligned with Google now, it’s a bit easier to imagine the next Nexus with a big “M” on the back.

We’ll be keeping a close watch on any information that comes out on Motorola’s Intel devices. This year just got a lot more interesting.

Show Press Release
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® Atomâ„¢ processors and the Androidâ„¢ 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.

Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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    OK look at dustin starting the earliest nexus rumors!!! I I’m exited!

    • LEAP24-21

      Be careful with the other OEM’s some of them are preparing to ditch Android. Just like this one: http://goo.gl/3UILV.

      Some rumors says that the Samsung GT-I9500 is going to be the Samsung Galaxy III, because of this: Original SG = GT-I9000, SGII = GT-I9100, SGNex = GT-I9250 and then GT-I9500. The problem is the possibility that Samsung ditches Android in favor of Tizen for its Galaxy series.

      • AsakuraZero

        lauching a new OS in a FLAGSHIP type phone, its a super dupper risky move, if sammy does it, they are pretty much ready to suck up all the critics plus they SUCK at giving support on android imagine how HORRIBLE would be in a new OS?

        fuck no i hope sammy its not retarded enough to do that in a flagship phone

  • AsakuraZero

    if they dont fix the batterylife, its going to be a titanic class sinking imo

  • oddball

    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

  • thel0nerang3r

    Motorola still has a big set top business. I would think that we will see Intel there first. Then onto tablets, and phones last.

    • thel0nerang3r

      And I can’t read, because there is a phone in China launching in Q2

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  • http://pixelswim.com Steve Heinrich

    I look forward to what these two can make together. I’m also getting a little hot and bothered by the Motorola Nexus phone idea… I may have drooled on my keyboard.

    • epps720

      I’m a little nervous about a Motorola Nexus, b/c odds are 3 months after the launch they would have a Motorola Nexus Maxx!! Hopefully Google can put a stop to Motorola’s evil ways

      • mac08wrx

        yeah that would be really LAME i bet every razr owner is way pissed

    • mac08wrx

      yeah that is definitively a wet dream of mine LMAO

  • http://droidsamurai.blogspot.com DroidSamurai

    Nexus RAZR, anyone?

    While I would love to see that, I still have a hard time believing that it will come true. Unlike many people who think there will be tighter Google/Motorola cooperation in the future, I don’t have too much faith in such scenario, at least not in the near future. Google seems to be very reluctant when it comes to vertical integration. Yes, everyone thinks that it’s a great idea, but Google doesn’t seem to think so, and Motorola definitely doesn’t look like they are ready to take order from Google.

    • aranea

      The current nexus coming from Samsung instead of Motorola suggests some truth to what you’re saying. But on the other hand didn’t Google CEO changed relatively recently? And google can as much as we also can see the nefits in integrating hardware development with software development like apple. So there maybe some shift in their attitude. Or I should say let’s hope that there will be some shift.

  • spazby

    I think google has a great opportunity to do something special with motorola after the merger goes through. Pure android please.

  • T1392

    CES & no stock Motorola just went from wa wa waaaaa! to Wam Bam thank you Mam. I’m super excited & can’t wait. I need rumors & leaks already.

  • Anderson

    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.
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    i already read this news on this site.

  • http://www.infotainmentempire.com pekosROB

    As long as Moto:

    *uses an awesome display
    *has decent battery life (read: user replaceable battery!)
    *gets the updates quicker
    *unlocked bootloader
    *doesn’t release a phone 2 months later with slightly better specs

    They have a long way to go until they get something put together that is Nexus worthy! So surprise me, Moto!

  • lokidokie

    As long as it goes into a rad phone, then I’m in

  • donger

    i’ll wait a year for a bad ass device from motorola and intel.

  • Hall Lo

    With there will have some great chemistry happening within the 2, and more powerful and beautiful devices coming out for us!

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