With PC sales leveling off, Intel, Microsoft and other companies that have built enormous business around desktop and laptop computers are trying their hardest to make a dent in the newfangled mobile space… with mixed results.
Intel reported its quarterly earnings today, and while the company beat estimates, revenue dropped a bit from the same period in 2013. For the first time the company broke out figures for its mobile division… and revenue was just $156 million in the most recent quarter… and had an operating loss of $929 million.
It often takes money to make money, and part of the reason Intel could be losing money on its mobile business is because the company is heavily subsidizing its chips in an effort to get smartphone and tablet makers to use its chips. It’s too early to say whether this will continue to be a money-losing strategy, but it shows how hard Intel is working to try to take on ARM in the mobile space.
Her’es a roundup of tech news from around the web.
- Intel earnings down from last year, mobile numbers don’t look good
The company’s mobile chip business lost more than $3 billion in 2013. [Intel]
- Why Windows has struggled with high DPI displays (and how that could be changing)
High-resolution screens are increasingly common on smartphone sand tablets. But now that we’re finally starting to see higher-than-1080p screens on Windows laptops, it’s becoming clear that only some Windows apps are really optimized for that kind of setup. This is one of the best explanations I’ve seen of why that’s the case… and how the problem will only go away if you can get by without using legacy apps that are no longer updated.[AnandTech]
- Anyone (with $1500 to spend) can now be a Glass Explorer
Up until now you’ve needed an invitation to buy Google’s wearable computer. Today you don’t. Tomorrow you might again. And one day, hopefully you won’t have to pay $1500 for the privilege of beta testing a new type of device… eventually Google hopes to bring the price down and sell Glass as a consumer product. Maybe then people will stop ripping them from others’ faces and destroying them. Or maybe it’ll happen more often. [Google]
- Asus ZenFone cameras use “PixelMaster” tech to capture low-light images (at lower resolutions)
You know how HTC uses “Ultrapixels” which are basically larger pixels to help users take better pictures in low-light conditions? Asus can do that too… but instead of giving you a 4MP smartphone camera, Asus lets you have a 13MP camera that can take lower-resolution photos when you’re in the dark. [SoyaCincau]
- Is Gigabyte working on a 13.7 inch Android smartphone?
The GSmart name is usually reserved for Gigabyte smartphones, and a 13.7 inch tablet seems kind of crazy, so I wouldn’t be surprised if the benchmark spec page just has a typo. But maybe this is a tablet, not a phone. [ArcTablet]
- This is what Google’s Project Ara phones would look like in a variety of colors/designs
Google is holding its first developer conference for the Project Ara smartphone this week, and the event is live-streaming on YouTube. We got our first look at a form factor prototype showing what a finished Project Ara device could look like. But it won’t just come in red. [Liliputing]
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