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Definition: mobile platform


The hardware/software environment for laptops, tablets, smartphones and other portable devices. Windows and Mac dominate the laptop world, with Linux a distant third. While iOS (Apple) and Android (Google) rule the smartphone universe, tablet platforms are iOS (Apple), Android (Google) and Windows (Microsoft). See iOS, Android and Windows tablet.

Mobile Hardware
Laptop computers use x86-based CPUs; however, smartphones and non-Windows tablets employ ARM processors. For example, Apple's A series, NVIDIA's Tegra, Qualcomm's Snapdragon, Texas Instrument's OMAP and Samsung's Exynos chips are all based on ARM chips.

Initially used for netbooks, Intel's x86-based Atom CPU migrated to the tablet arena. See Intel Atom, ARM, mobile compatibility, mobile device vendor control and platform.