While the smartphone operating systems fight it out on a very crowded field that includes iPhone OS, Android, Symbian, Windows Mobile, and RIM (did I leave anyone out?), there is a similar battle emerging on the hardware side over the mobile processor. Intel's Atom processor has enjoyed a good ride as the chip of choice in many mobile devices but two mobile processors are coming on strong as serious contenders to the king of the hill.
Qualcomm's Snapdragon is based on the ARM architecture which powers many handheld gaming devices as well as phones and other portable devices. A growing list of manufacturers are said to be developing products based on Snapdragon.
Nvidia's Tegra "computer on a chip," which is also related to the ARM family should also give Intel's Atom some serious competition. Tegra is initially being directed at Windows Mobile, giving more strength to a Microsoft phone rumor.
We look forward to many new multi-media mobile devices with super fast high resolution graphics and extremely long battery life.