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Android Device Chip Race: MIPS Takes On ARM
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Andrew Hornback
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9/2/2012 | 12:27:53 AM
re: Android Device Chip Race: MIPS Takes On ARM
Wow... MIPS is still around? I thought that after SGI stopped building with their chips that they'd have disappeared.

That said - what's the deal with all of these stories about Microsoft supposedly buying a chip manufacturer? nVidia and now MIPS... who's next? Intel?

Kidding aside, it's nice to have multiple architectures supporting Android - I wonder if this would lead to MIPS-powered Android tablets/netbooks? Might be cool to see IRIX windows forwarding from my old SGI Octane or Indigo2 on an Android.

As to the compilation issue, I'm sure there's some sort of software compatability layer/widget that could be used to handle any apps that wouldn't run natively on the MIPS hardware - if not, sounds like a business venture for someone out there.

Andrew Hornback
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8/30/2012 | 6:22:12 PM
re: Android Device Chip Race: MIPS Takes On ARM
That's all well and good, and true, but what's missing from this is that most android app developers don't compile for mips chips, leaving those who purchase an android based on mips in the cold. I'm not talking games developers, as most of those actually do choose mips in the compile options...rather the big boys such as Microsoft's own Skype, Yahoo, Opera, Mozilla, Google, Netflix, etc., have not made their flagship products available to mips android devices. So yeah, your mips android will probably outperform your arm android, but there isn't a whole lot you can do with it right now...

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