Nvidia CEO praises Google’s mobile OS during quarterly earnings call.
Although Nvidia’s Tegra shows no sign of being a profitable venture in the immediate future, that didn’t stop the company’s CEO from praising the OS he hopes Tegra will power on a greater scale during a recent earnings call.
“Android is the most disruptive operating system that we’ve seen in a few decades, in a couple of decades,” Huang told analysts during the call. “Android is probably the most versatile operating system that we’ve ever known.”
“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,” he said.
“Android is not just about phones,” he continued mentioning that all-in-one PC called Slate runs Android and is powered by Nvidia’s Tegra processor.
While Huang sings praises for Android, some analysts believe that Nvidia should get out of the mobile business altogether. While Tegra was once the force to be reckoned with when it powered 2012’s best selling Nexus 7, the SoC has struggled with hardware wins when compared to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon.
“Look at the tablet space: Apple and Samsung are captive and there’s no chance Nvidia is going to have a long-standing business there,” Evercore analyst Patrick Wang told Reuters.
Rajvindra Gill, an analyst with Needham, suggested that Nvidia should spin off its mobile business entirely and instead focus on the tried and true sectors it knows best like building GPUs for video cards and enterprise computing.
Nvidia reported it made $119 million on $1.054 billion of revenue, slightly below expectations of analysts. Revenue from its Tegra mobile division fell 54 percent quarter-over-quarter.