Mike Rayfield, NVIDIA's general mobile business unit manager, said his company prefers Windows CE over Android for ARM-based netbooks. Rayfield complained about the rough user interface of Android and said Windows CE is more mature.
That will allow Windows CE devices to offload much of the heavy multimedia work onto Tegra, resulting in better performance, 1080p video, and low power usage. Nvidia claims that Tegra smartbooks should allow users to listen to music for 25 days or watch HD video for 10 hours, versus 5 hours and 3 hours, respectively, for an Intel Atom netbook.
Nvidia chose to work with Windows CE first, said Rayfield, because it "is a rock-solid operating system that has been shipped billions of times."
Windows CE also has a "low memory footprint and a good collection of apps," Rayfield said.