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Intel scales back Android development

Agam Shah | July 7, 2016
The company will work with Google on Chromebooks, IoT development

Even as Intel's Android efforts wane, though, its partnership with Google will remain strong, and will focus on the chip-maker's new target markets. Intel in April said it was laying off 12,000 people as it chased the growth areas of IoT, servers, connectivity, 2-in-1s, silicon photonics and FPGAs (field programmable gate arrays).

Intel is a lead partner in Google's Brillo, an embedded IoT OS with the underpinnings of Android. Brillo works on Intel's Edison development board, which can be used to make wearables, robots, smart home devices and other IoT gadgets.

And shipments of Chromebooks -- most of which have Intel chips, and are based on the Chrome OS -- are growing in an otherwise slumping PC market.

But the company is missing out on some of Google's most exciting projects like DayDream, a VR platform for Android devices.

 

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