Google and Intel team up for Android x86 support

So far, Intel chips haven't been used much in the growing smartphone and tablet markets, but that could change in the very near future.

PC World reports that during the Intel Developer Forum today in San Francisco, Intel CEO Paul Otellini and Google Senior VP of Mobile Andy Rubin surprised the crowd during Otellini's keynote speech by announcing a new partnership between the two companies.

The new agreement will see future versions of Google's popular Android mobile operating system optimized at the kernel level to run on chips with Intel's x86 architecture. That should open the doors for Intel chips to be put inside more smartphones and tablets. It will also serve as more competition for NVIDIA, Qualcomm and other mobile processor companies who are using the ARM design for their chips. Android 2.2 (Froyo) has already been ported to work with Intel-based chips. Otellini said during the keynote, "This is a significant step forward to bring Intel phones to market."

Otellini also demoed an Android-based smartphone on Tuesday for the crowd attending the IDF keynote. The smartphone was running on Intel's Medfield processor, an Atom-based chip which is being made especially for mobile phones.

There's no word on which version of Android the Intel-based smartphone was running and Otellini said during the keynote that a Medfield-based smartphone would be released sometime in the first quarter of 2012 but gave no indication of which mobile phone maker would be producing the device.

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An OS that supports everything doesn't mean the hardware manufacturer will actually allow it.
Take for example the slew of android tablets, most of these need to be rooted to allow it to be updated by updates from other manufacturers and sources.
This in itself will void any warranty you have with that hardware.

Until tablets are allowed to be rooted and its accepted by the manufacturers that you can install software that was not produced from the manufacturer and you don't void your warranty, then the new OS and updates or whatever are not going to be used.

At the moment the tablet market is limited to manufacturer updates and rome, until this changes then I cannot see windows 8 working or any other OS being a acceptable solution.
Nevermind the whole win8 for asus then a different win 8 for dell, etc etc. Your going to end up in a really bad mess.

deep1234 said,
Today is x86, tomorrow is x64. And later it may become as a Desktop Operating System.
Only time will tell.

Hahaha, and if it does it wont even feature. Android is not even well liked on the tablet scene, iPad which is 1 device is slaughtering every single Android device out there. Love it how Google is running scared because Windows 8 will be on arm and x86. My prediction for the next 5 years, Windows will rule the tablet scene much like it ruled the PC scene. Microsoft has learnt a huge amount being the largest OS company for almost 2 decades and being so very hated at the same time. Windows security, graphics implementations, and developer tools alone will totally smash Google and Apple. Google is company that thrives on ad revenue, not making the best software out there and Apple is a maker of good looks hardware. OSX still in many ways looks like Apple OS has for 10 years, whereas Microsoft has changed windows alot.

deep1234 said,
Google is running scared because Windows 8 will be on arm and x86. My prediction for the next 5 years, Windows will rule the tablet scene much like it ruled the PC scene

Google has had plans to support Intel for a while. It's mostly because of the Google TV devices. This news announcement makes it official. Don't read to much into it.

P.S. That's a cute little prediction you've got there. But unfortunately it has the Windows name attached to it which is a huge stigma. My prediction is the iPad will continue to dominate for the next couple of years and then Android will start outselling Apple in the tablet market.