FIVE MONTHS AFTER Intel announced a late 2010 start for the company's first Atom processor powered Moorestown system-on-chip (SoC) enabled smartphone, the LG GW990, the South Korean manufacturing company LG Electronics has apparently dumped the model.
Intel's excuse for the evident abandonment of its first Moorestown based mobile is that smartphone testing takes a lot longer than wringing out a tablet design because you are making voice calls that have to operate across a range of telecom networks. LG was not available for comment.
Tablets are easier to test than phones because they are "just for data", Intel's ultra mobile group chief platform architect Ticky Thakkar told The INQUIRER.
But the OpenPeak device that was shown at the Moorestown briefing in London on Tuesday, 4 May was not demonstrated.
On 24 March, OpenPeak announced that its Moorestown powered tablet will be available with AT&T later this year.
At the briefing Thakkar and Chipzilla's head of embedded groups for EMEA and global ecosystems stood behind the phrase, "we'll let OEMs decide when they are going to announce any [phone] products."
They preferred to promote tablets as initial homes for the Moorestown platform, a second generation Atom SoC chip that Intel classes as the Z6xx series. This is despite demonstrating the Z6xx's capabilities on prototype smartphones, not tablets, at the briefing.
However Intel's embedded groups EMEA director, Rod O'Shea told us here at The INQUIRER that unspecified OEM announcements could come later this year.
The opaque future of Moorestown based smartphones also raises some questions about the future of Intel's Z6xx specific Moblin 2.1 OS and its derivative Meego, an OS produced by Intel in collaboration with Nokia.
Intel's new found devotion to tablets also came despite an announcement at the briefing that Chipzilla will support Android with Moorestown. Demonstrating at the briefing Moorestown's advanced capabilities with a prototype device that its employees had not lost in a bar, Intel showed off a slimline smartphone that was displaying multi-point video conferencing and showing an Avatar movie trailer from 1080p data.
Another odd development is that, despite announcing support for Android, the company's new online store for apps will not feature any products for Google's OS, but it will have apps for the Vole's Windows Phone 7 OS as well as Intel's own now homeless Moblin 2.1 and its so far unwanted love child, Meego. µ