Nvidia CEO claims 'Android is probably the most versatile operating system that we've ever known'

Nvidia CEO claims 'Android is probably the most versatile operating system that we've ever known'

Summary: Nvidia's cofounder, president, and CEO Jen-Hsun Huang heaped praise on Google's mobile operating system, calling it "the most disruptive operating system that we've seen in a few decades."


Nvidia's cofounder, president, and CEO Jen-Hsun Huang has been singing the praises of Android during a conference call with analysts.

Following the announcement of Nvidia's third quarter financial results, Huang went on to heap praise Google's mobile operating system.

"Android is the most disruptive operating system that we've seen in a few decades, in a couple of decades," said Huang.

"We have some for WinRT or Surface but our focus is that going forward the vast majority of Windows on ARM will be Surface and the vast majority of everything else in Tegra is Android. Android is not just about phones," he added, before going on to add that the operating system is found inside tablets, set-top boxes, games consoles, and some all-in-one PCs. Nvidia's portable gaming console, called Shield, also runs Android.

"Shield is our initiative to cultivate the gaming marketplace for Android. We believe that Android is going to be a very important platform for gaming in the future, and to do so we have to create devices that enable great gaming to happen on Android."

"Android is probably the most versatile operating system that we've ever known," he said, "and has the benefit of also being connected to the cloud. And so the day that you turn it on, it's incredibly useful, with all kinds of applications already on it," he added.

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But Nvidia hasn't forgotten its visual roots.

"Visual computing is increasingly important to more and more markets," said Huang in a statement. "It's creating demand for GPUs and opening up large opportunities."

"The proof can be seen in the proliferation of Tegra into new verticals like automotive and set-top boxes, in our all-time high Quadro and Tesla revenues, and in the record number of customer trials for our GRID datacenter initiative. At a time when many are struggling with the decline in the mainstream PC market, our visual computing leadership has positioned us well to grow with the accelerating adoption of GPUs in the cloud and the world of connected devices."

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Topics: Mobility, Android, Hardware, Smartphones, Tablets

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  • Android will upscale

    It will get used in bigger and bigger devices and form factors, and will eventually supplant Microsoft's Windows desktop OS for most people.

    Don't forget that Android will eventually merge with Chrome OS to become a hybrid OS with both mouse-based and mobile touch interfaces. We know Apple is working on something similar with iOS and OS X.

    When traditional desktop computing becomes a tiny minority of professional users, it makes me wonder how Microsoft will fund its development.

    Google will go on to become so big and pervasive in people's lives (and controlling all media including television) that governments around the world will wonder how to deal with it.
    • Scary

      I'm sure some will be competing with Google - how powerful they are now is already scary, your words just made it even scarier :)
      • When Android is placed on high powered units

        Then windows computers will actually plummet down to nothing.

        The uptime seen on Android tablets just is amazing. Windows 7 is stable, Windows 8 has serious isusability issues.

        While MS keeps on making serious mistakes, Android and IOs have the chance seriously upsetting Windows marketshare.

        The blah themes of Win 8 machines compared to win 7 make them unappealing. Them you compare that to Android or IOs experience, then Win8 becomes pathetic.

        MS tax on Android provide it 2B of development money which they foolishly spend on XBox. So everyone else can win while MS keeps missing the mark.
    • Keyboard and mouse

      You can already use keyboard and mouse on Android, there are even laptops that's primary or secondary OS is Android, or you could use an Android stick with your HD TV which you can control with a keyboard and mouse. So it is not the future, but the present.
      Peter Galiba
    • Re: Android will upscale

      I don't believe it is quite as black and white as you imply.

      A lot depends on what support Android continues to get, particularly from the far east.

      Whilst the picture for Microsoft is not that rosy, they will be able (and may need) to survive, without Windows on PCs. A lot of their business will be around services and virtualised systems in the enterprise world. They still have a large thumb in the Server market.

      It is by no means impossible to make effective use of Microsoft Windows and associated server software using an Android device, with remote desktop software.

      I can quite easily see me and a not so tiny number of professional users working with Windows in non-Windows devices. In fact I do it now.

      Google and Microsoft may be big and bold but there are examples of big, bold companies that are no longer with us. Don't forget that the average life expectancy of S&P 500 companies is now 15 years.

      That said, if I were to predict which companies would still be here in 20 years, Microsoft and Google would both be high up on my list.
    • Not if Samaung does it's own OS

      Samsung is the by far the biggest seller of Android phones and if the turn to use their own OS in the future which they currently toying with then Android will disappear.
      • Myth

        Still believing in this myth?
        All you "Samsung can simply fork Android" or "Samsung owns the mobile space" should read this awesome article that deeply shows how smart is Google's long term strategy and how Android is the key factor in it.
    • Preposterous

      No company that STOLE technology will achieve this. Besides, the folks want INNOVATION and their products to have the best INTELLECTUAL property. Why would anyone want a boring Operating System (O/S) that cannot even install the internet or browse the web or point and click or cut and paste or multitask or do any of the things that are so insanely DIFFICULT if not outright IMPOSSIBLE? Why I ask? Why?
      • Wow,

        Just wow. "install the internet". http://www.w3schools.com/downloadwww.htm

        All of the tasks you talk about are easily done on my ASUS Transformer Prime. Don't know where you get your information.
      • It Made Me Smile . . .

        . . . and think of Homer Simpson's comment that he had "the internet in his computer."

        Great minds . . .
      • Hi

  • Nvida says Android is most versitile OS *they* have ever known.

    Obvious guy says they don't know much but I understand their point of view. A hammer is a very versatile tool especially if that's all you got.
    • Somebody said iPhone was a joke

      Android is good for nothing. Just like iPhone.
  • Before the Google haters appear

    Remember that Android is an open source OS. Manufacturers can grab it, fork it, and use it for their own purposes without any element or process reporting anything back to Google. That's a large part of the reason the OS is destined to proliferate. That's why it's showing up everywhere. That's why it's going to form the underlying OS for your TV, your fridge, your car's entertainment system, heck, probably even your electric toothbrush some day.
    • re:Remember that Android is an open source OS

      witch version you talking about? Android Open Source Project (AOSP) or Google Android? Second is not Open Source.
      • I think

        I Think you answered your own question, there, pal.
      • Actually...

        the essential part of Android is Open Source. This is an awesome article but it's about why Google won't let Samsung or any other take control of the mobile space, not about why Android isn't open.
        The core of Android IS open source and Google is not going to make it any different.

        In terms of market, Android without Google surely wouldn't be able to compete, but it's still a fully functional Operating System that can be used by anyone, in any hardware, for free. The Google part is about mass appeal, is what makes Android commercially attractive, the part that has little or nothing to do with the hardware side.

        AOSP may not have "as cool" apps, but the application layer is not what makes an OS.
  • Android is just a toy and a weakly desingned platform

    Not useful for any serious business. Competitors are not standing still. Win RT and WP are going to merge and will be free eventually taking over devices, setup-boxes, tablets, television and so forth and best of all its malware free.
    • Well, until it is free, Linux is already there.

      And it has already taken over devices, settop boxes, tablets, television and so forth, and best of all, its virus free.
      • the only toy here

        Is some one who does not see the writing in the wall.

        MS is losing market share. Those of us who use VS 201x for development are transitioning to other Android OS development environments at a business level (some are spending extra money and going the IOs route).

        So when that transition is complete win8 or its future encarnations may be the future toys.

        If you only had a glimpse of what's coming down the pipe, the writing on the wall would be so clear for you owl.