Intel may be about to throw its weight behind tablets, despite already being buddied up with Microsoft for Windows devices, and having its own MeeGo OS. The first Android slates with Intel inside could make their public debut as soon as next month, too.for
Taiwanese news site DigiTimes has the story, claiming that Intel is working with six to eight laptop makers on Android tablets. Its sources reckon the first devices could be unveiled at the Intel Developer Forum in Beijing in mid-April, although they may slip to the Computex Taipei conference at the start of June.
Enough operating systems for one company? There's one more: the same story suggests that Intel is also working with Google on a series of laptops and netbooks running the latter's Chrome OS, which will be available in the second half of this year. Samsung, Acer and Asus are all touted as likely partners.
By its nature, Intel probably needs to have its finger in as many pies as possible, to stay relevant in what Apple CEO Steve Jobs. In that sense, it would be wrong to see DigiTimes' story as showing that Intel is getting ready to ditch MeeGo for Android. If anything, it's hedging its bets.
It's true that Intel had a major focus on MeeGo at Mobile World Congress in February,with a very slick user interface. At the time, Intel said it was to replace Nokia, whose interest in the OS seemed to have cooled following its deal to make Windows Phone devices with Microsoft.
Interestingly, new evidence emerged this week of Nokia's ongoing tablet ambitions, with afor a tablet design that looked like an oversized N8. The filing was made in the middle of last year, so it's unclear whether the device is likely to go into production though.
Here's a thought: a Nokia tablet with Intel inside, running the Android OS. It's a long shot, but stranger things have happened...