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Nvidia Unveils Chip Support For Android

The graphics chipmaker said it would demonstrate Android running on the Nvidia Tegra APX 2600 system on a chip at the Mobile World Congress this week in Barcelona.

Nvidia says it's working with Google in building support for Android, the open source smartphone operating system, on Nvidia's Tegra system on a chip.

The graphics chipmaker on Monday said it would demonstrate Android running on the Nvidia Tegra APX 2600 system on a chip at the Mobile World Congress this week in Barcelona. Nvidia plans to offer device manufacturers an Android-supporting Tegra platform in the second quarter of this year.

Along with Google, which developed Android, Nvidia is working with the Open Handset Alliance in porting the OS to Tegra. The OHA is in charge of the development of Android.

Nvidia will work "within the Open Handset Alliance to continually strengthen the ability of Android to tap into advanced mobile graphics and media acceleration to make interaction with handheld technology more intuitive and instinctive," Michael Rayfield, general manager for mobile business at Nvidia, said in a statement.

Nvidia's Tegra line comprises an ARM-based processor core, a GeForce graphics core, and other components. A Tegra system on a chip for mobile Internet devices and netbooks is expected to start shipping in the second half of the year. Nvidia, however, hasn't named any manufacturers planning to ship Tegra-based smartphones or mobile Internet devices.

Companies currently making Android phones include Samsung and HTC.

While the Mobile World Congress was expected to be a coming-out party for Android, early reports say many of the major smartphone manufacturers have yet to announce new Android devices.

Nokia's latest phones, introduced at MWC, don't run Android, and HTC is focusing on two new Windows Mobile 6.5 phones (aka Windows Phones). LG has picked a future smartphone platform other than Android, and Huawei has promised two or three Android phones later this year, but has yet to release details.

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