We’ve been waiting for something to come of the rumors and the confirmation that Android would be ported to Intel-based products in the future and today we got one of our first glimpses. While all eyes are on Windows 8 at the moment, Intel still has its sights on optimizing Google’s mobile operating system, and Android will be optimized with its Atom CPUs going forward.
Having Android optimized for ARM and Intel will yield a larger variety of hardware choices for a customer to choose from, and while most overage Joe’s out there likely won’t care if their Android tablet is based on an Intel SoC, having another option is good for competition. Now the thought of a Windows 8/Android Honeycomb dual-booting tablet sounds like something fierce.
Intel and Google working together have produced a few products that were shown off today at IDF, including a Medfield-based Android phone and tablet. We can expect to see Intel-based Android phones some time in early 2012, and we certainly hope that Intel makes good with attempting to get Honeycomb tablets out by this quarter stays true, but we’re not holding our breath.
Intel also showed off a pretty nifty feature called Pair and Share, which is similar to the TouchPad’s Touch to Share, but will likely support more hardware and will be used in an operating system that hasn’t flopped.
So while we’re still some months away from being able to walk into a store and grab an Atom-based Android handset, the partnership between Google and Intel looks to be nice and strong, which should yield some great products that should be worth the wait.
I ask you, dear readers, do you care about a potential Atom-based Android devices?
Press release after the break
Santa Clara and Mountain View, Calif., Sept. 13, 2011 – Intel Corporation and Google Inc. today announced that they will work to enable and optimize future versions of Android™ for Intel’s family of low power Atom™ processors. This means that future versions of the Android platform will support Intel technology in addition to other architectures.
The joint effort is designed to speed time-to-market of Intel technology-based smartphones running the Android platform. Intel will take advantage of the open-source accessibility of the Android platform to provide its customers with technology products that inspire continued innovation and also help enable powerful personal computing experiences that fully leverage Intel technology across a range of devices. This work will enable mobile device OEMs and wireless operators to draw upon the performance and low power capabilities of Intel® architecture and tap into the scale of the x86 developer ecosystem to further drive the adoption of the Android platform.
“By optimizing the Android platform for Intel architecture, we bring a powerful new capability to market that will accelerate more industry adoption and choice, and bring exciting new products to market that harness the combined potential of Intel technology and the Android platform,” said Intel President and CEO Paul Otellini.”Together we are accelerating Intel architecture and bringing new levels of innovation to a maturing Android platform.”
“Combining Android with Intel’s low power smartphone roadmap opens up more opportunity for innovation and choice,” said Andy Rubin, Senior Vice President of Mobile at Google. “This collaboration will drive the Android ecosystem forward.”
Today’s announcement builds upon the two companies’ recent joint initiatives to enable Intel architecture on Google products, which include Chrome OS and Google TV along with the Android Software Development Kit (SDK) and Native Development Kit (NDK).
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