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Intel Announces New Products, Software and Services for Smartphones at Mobile World Congress

Intel (News - Alert) has announced new software, products and services for smartphones during the Mobile World Congress (News - Alert). Intel also used the prominent trade show to announce new partnerships with Orange, Lava International Ltd. and ZTE.

“We are very pleased to add new, important customers and capabilities to our phone offerings,” Intel President and CEO Paul Otellini (News - Alert) said during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.

“We remain focused on delivering exciting new features and outstanding performance to smartphone customers around the world,” Otellini said in a company statement.

For example, a new Orange (News - Alert) smartphone is based on the Intel Atom processor Z2460 design. The Orange smartphone will be available in the United Kingdom and France during the summer. Intel also announced plans for smartphones in India working with Lava International. The XOLO X900 will be based on Intel's smartphone design and is the first Intel smartphone in the India market. It will start selling during the second quarter of 2012. And Intel also announced a mobile device across smartphones and tablets with ZTE (News - Alert). The Intel mobile device will launch during the second half of 2012.

Also, Intel is also working with Visa on a mobile-payment service, and presented three new Atom chips during the trade show, CNET reported. Intel reported that Visa has certified Intel's smartphone device, which features the Intel Atom processor Z2460. It will be used for Visa payWave, which is mobile payment technology, Intel. Consumers can use the technology to make payments in retail locations by waving a mobile phone in front of a payment terminal. It uses NFC (Near Field Communication) technology.

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Edited by Jennifer Russell

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