Intel, Google partner for x86-optimized Android

Intel, Google partner for x86-optimized Android

Summary: At Intel Developer Forum 2011, Google announced it was partnering up to optimize Android for Intel-powered mobile devices.

TOPICS: Banking, Google, Intel

Google Senior VP of Mobile Andy Rubin made a surprise appearance on stage with Intel CEO Paul Otellini here at Intel Developer Forum 2011 to announce that all current and future versions of Android will be optimized for the x86 chip architecture.

In simpler terms, it's a real solidifying of the relationship between Intel and Google. And as Gizmodo rightly points out, letting smartphone and tablet manufacturers choose between ARM and x86 chips is only going to widen the range of devices available and boost competition, which is good news for customers. Moreover, it means that there's no portable device out there that Android can't run on.

In concrete terms, Rubin says that the Google Android operating system will be optimized for Intel Atom chips, from the low-end (power management) to the high-end (graphics and multimedia), speeding time to market and broadening adoption rates for Intel-powered mobile devices.

The focus of the Intel Developer Forum may be on Ultrabooks and more efficient data centers, but Intel is giving plenty of thought to its mobile strategy, too.

Topics: Banking, Google, Intel

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  • RE: Intel, Google partner for x86-optimized Android

    With Win 8 tablets supporting things from A-Z and even supporting dual monitors, what is point of buying an Android tablet?
    • RE: Intel, Google partner for x86-optimized Android


      The point is, if it's not for you, don't buy it.
    • RE: Intel, Google partner for x86-optimized Android


      ... Choice ... it is good for the marketplace
    • RE: Intel, Google partner for x86-optimized Android

      Because I like android and don't like microsoft. I don't want dual monitors. I want a quick, light, no nonsense device without legacy baggage. It never gets hot and battery lasts a long time. Also, win8 is not out now, and wont' be out for a long time. And, after Vista, I don't trust this scale of redesign without big problems.
    • Who cares?

      @owlnet <br>What is the use in buying a super portable device so that you can anchor it down with dual monitors??? If you want a system with dual monitors, correctly, then buy a desktop. Consumers want the portability the tablet provides. They could care less if it supports dual monitors.<br><br>Putting lipstick on Win 8 tablets won't change it from the pig it is, either.
      linux for me
  • RE: Intel, Google partner for x86-optimized Android

    Android is a touch-screen OS from the ground up. No matter what Microsoft do to Windows, it's not 30 years of desktop programming to go against. That's why you'd want Android.

    Windows 8 may run on tablets well, it doesn't mean a third party app will!
  • RE: Intel, Google partner for x86-optimized Android

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