Intel says Nokia to blame for six month delay entering phone market

Intel’s CEO Paul Otellini blamed erstwhile partner Nokia for its current delay in bringing Intel powered smart phones to the world’s markets.

Fielding questions from journalists in a Q&A session after his keynote, Otellini said Nokia’s desertion had only put a minor dent in Intel’s plans to crack the smart phone space, despite years of failure.

“We finally got it right,” he told the assembled crowd, adding “We lost six months because of Nokia but we’re back up and running, so watch this space.”

The comment was the harshest public criticism of Nokia’s decision to dump the jointly developed MeeGo operating system in February of this year.

Otellini insisted, however, that the platform still had life in it.

“MeeGo is alive and well in our embedded systems,” he said. “It is the OS of choice for the automotive industry and we are working with hardware vendors around the world to optimize it for tablets and phones. Everybody likes open and that was the value proposition of MeeGo from day one.”

To those cynics who doubted whether Intel would ever truly crack the smartphone nut, Otellini had this to say:

“The smartphone business is not established in terms of who is going to win and who is going to lose, good products on good platforms can shift the industry.

The Intel chief pointed to how quickly Android had changed the smartphone space and proclaimed he liked his company’s chances to finally succeed, though no specific dates for hardware release were given.


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