Google, which developed the popular Android operating system for mobile devices, made its way to MWC with new devices, apps and facts to share. For instance, Google said that 850,000 new Android devices are activated daily, and the total number of Android devices around the globe has surpassed 300 million. The year-on-year growth rate of Android devices has been more than 250 percent.
We’ll get to Intel in a moment, but first the above gem from Google at the GSMA Mobile World Congress that just ended yesterday in Barcelona. More mobiles, ultimately more REE demand. The MWC is the industry’s leading showcase. “Our industry is redefining “mobile”. No longer limited only to communications, mobile is now a force transforming our world in an unprecedented way. Mobile connects, entertains, informs and inspires us, ultimately changing how we live and who we are. Mobile World Congress is the global epicenter of this redefinition as our participants enable, lead and accelerate it.” A record more than 67,000 visitors attended this year's congress.
Mobile World Congress 2012: four companies that stood out
By Ricardo Bilton | March 2, 2012, 1:43am PST
Summary: Microsoft, Google, HTC, and Nokia top the list of companies that did interesting things at MWC 2012.
As with most events of its kind, a lot of news came out of Mobile World Congress this week. Predictably, however, not all of it stuck. But of all the companies that announced some compelling news this week, here are four that had the most to say.
Now back to Intel desperate to get in on a piece of the fast growing auto industry “telematics” sector. Today’s wired-in modern man and woman, live their life in an increasingly 24 hour connected electronic world. Intel reckon that they need to be in on that fast growing and likely to be profitable market. What better way than to fund some of the promising new entrants.
“More than 30 million new cars will ship worldwide equipped with on-board telematics units by 2013, representing nearly 44 per cent of all vehicles, according to data forecaster ABI Research.”
Intel Capital Creates a $100M "Connected Car" Fund
March 1, 2012 10:44 AM
Intel also sets up new automotive research center
The automotive world is rapidly integrating advanced technology. While a lot of new technology is being devoted to produce more fuel-efficient internal combustion engines, hybrid systems, and fully electric vehicles, technology is also being used for internet connectivity and infotainment while driving.
Intel is now set to make a significant investment into the future of automotive technology with Intel Capital creating a $100 million Intel Capital Connected Car Fund.
The goal of the fund is to accelerate the innovation of technology in the automotive industry. The fund will be targeted at technologies that deliver improvements in vehicle infotainment solutions, mobile connectivity, driver assistance systems, and new applications. Many carmakers are betting big on technology to be able to add interactivity to vehicles without distracting the driver.
"Technology has become an integral component of everyday life, with consumers demanding uninterrupted access to the Internet and the constant flow of information, news, entertainment, and social media," said Arvind Sodhani, president of Intel Capital and Intel executive vice president. "Automobiles must be able to provide these same consistent and engaging computing experiences, but in a safe manner. The Intel Capital Connected Car Fund will drive the development of technologies to enhance the in-vehicle experience of the future.
From our RMB interest, it’s all about making an informed guess as to how much extra demand for REEs will come from the growth of telematics. My guess is that it will be a lot, because by mid-decade even the cheapest of new cars and trucks will have some form of telematics installed, with retrofit units available for any of the world’s affluent still driving sentimentally attached old clunkers. Our pace of change is escalating rapidly again, as any readers of this blog’s sister graphite blog are all too aware. I think we are still under estimating the coming growth in demand for many of the REEs.