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Indroid Inside Intel has released “Beacon Mountain” a development environment for Android apps on both its own Atom silicon and ARM chippery. Beacon Mountain emerged over the weekend, promising “productivity-oriented design, coding, and debugging tools for apps targeting … smartphones and tablets.” The software's in version 0.5 …

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Might the combination of better silicon, a decent development tool and just offering mobe-makers an alternative they can use to beat up their current CPU suppliers finally get Intel into a better mobile place?

Hopefully it will encourage the competition to turn out even better silicon, development tools, etc.

Competition is a good thing, isn't it?

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Competition is definitely good.

Improvements to IDEs for Android are also good as well, and while Intel's development tools don't have the wide scale use of others, they are very competent in places.

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'Might the combination of better silicon, a decent development tool and just offering mobe-makers an alternative they can use to beat up their current CPU suppliers finally get Intel into a better mobile place?'

No: Well for any of the major players in the smart phone business (Samsung & Apple) and the smaller players need to cut costs as much as possible so unless Intel can compete on price with ARM then it will be a difficult sell

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I misread the heading as "Bacon Mountain"

after which the rest of the article came as something of a disappointment.

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Maybe they would have a winner if they made the reverse available - Atom to Android.

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