Qualcomm helps Android get bigger

Qualcomm has ported Android to its Snapdragon chipset (well actually Wind River Systems have for Qualcomm) which is used in devices that go beyond phones such as notebooks and other Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs).

Wind River will give the (optimised) code back to the Open Handset Alliance in the near future. Much of the porting effort was to ensure Android worked on devices with large screen real-estate.

Qualcomm also ported other variants of Linux and Windows Mobile to its Snapdragon chipset, which is going to be used in various Netbooks being launched this year (especially in the Taiwanese markets).

By Steve Kennedy

I have over 20 years' experience in the Telecoms/Internet/Mobile industries. I was involved with internet in the UK before it had a commercial presence, internet streaming from its beginning (he was the first UK Real Networks customer), and set-up the first Internet Dance Radio Station ( I was also involved with the first netcast of BigBrother (UK).

I am an acknowledged "independent Industry expert" and uses those abilities in consulting and working with a number of investment partners on various projects. I also am a freelance journalist writing on technology subjects.

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