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D: Dive Into Mobile Adds Intel’s Bell and Telefónica’s Domingo

There are already many good reasons to attend the D: Dive Into Mobile conference at the end of October.

And now there are two more to add to the list.

Joining the lineup are Mike Bell, the former Apple and Palm executive who now heads Intel’s effort to get back into the smartphone chip game; and Carlos Domingo, head of leading international carrier Telefónica’s R&D.

The two-day conference runs Oct. 29 and 30; other speakers include Google Android chieftain Andy Rubin, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop and top executives from Facebook, WhatsApp and Verizon.

In addition, there will be an array of non-U.S. speakers who will ensure that this year’s Global Edition lives up to its name. (To get more information about attending in person, click here.)

Mike Bell has a big task ahead of him as he attempts to help Intel crack the market for smartphone processors — a field that is today dominated by ARM-based chips from Qualcomm, Nvidia and Texas Instruments. Intel has made some strides, landing initial design wins at Motorola, ZTE and Lenovo, along with some lesser-known names.

Bell also brings a wealth of tech industry experience, joining Intel in 2010 from Palm, where he headed product development efforts for the webOS-based Pixi and Pre devices.

Before that, Bell was at Apple from 2001 to 2007, and contributed to the iPhone, iMac and Apple TV projects.

To get a flavor for Bell, here’s a video interview from earlier this year:

We are adding Telefónica’s Carlos Domingo to a session with Mozilla CEO Gary Kovacs, because the carrier will be the first major launch partner for Firefox OS.

Domingo is CEO of Telefónica I+D, the research and development unit of the Spanish telco giant. He is intimately involved with Mozilla’s project to open up the smartphone market to new audiences, starting in Brazil early next year.

On the eve of that launch, our conversation at Dive Into Mobile should be great timing for Domingo to speak about the global mobile market opportunity. As he recently noted, Telefónica currently sells three million smartphones per quarter in its European operations, compared to two million across all of Latin America, where it has significant operations in nearly every market.


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