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Future Android Builds Will Support Intel's Atom

By - Source: MarketWatch | B 15 comments

Future versions of Google's Android Os will support Intel's Atom E-Series SoCs, both of which is expected to arrive in devices sometime during the first half of 2012.

MarketWatch reports that Intel and Google have formed a partnership that will see future releases of Google's Android OS optimized for Intel's Atom E-Series. Intel reportedly hopes that this move will help propel the company into a mobile sector currently dominated by ARM's mobile architecture.

The partnership between Intel and Google was revealed Tuesday during the Intel Developers Forum by Intel Chief Executive Paul Otellini and Google's senior vice president of mobile Andy Rubin. The duo indicated that future versions of Android won't necessarily focus on the Atom SoC, but will support the x86-based architecture along with other architectures already saturating the mobile market.

Tuesday Otellini also said that Intel has made "real progress" in its attempt to enter the smartphone sector, and expects to see the first wave of devices sweep the market within the first half of 2012. "Every time we collaborate with Google, good things come out," Otellini said. "I'm excited and have high expectations around this as well."

In addition to x86 support in Android, Otellini also showcased new technology slated for Q4 2011 that will allow users to have the same experience across multiple devices. One tech was called "Intel pair and share" which will allow users to link to PCs and access whatever is on the hard drive. Another called "teleport extender" will allow users to access text messages and other alerts on their phones from a linked PC.

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    Wish I Was Wealthy , September 14, 2011 9:48 AM
    That is good for Intel to make more sales in the OEM market,but as far as what I have read in another post from another article that their was another cpu from another company that could out do intel's atom. Maybe tegra,but I forgot & I don't feel like checking out all those articles that I read in the past again. It was in Toms Hardware anyway.
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    DjEaZy , September 14, 2011 10:24 AM
    ... how about AMD fusion chips..? They are OpenCL and more capable in GPU department... why support atom's, when even some ARM CPU's are more capable...?
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    memadmax , September 14, 2011 10:57 AM
    The fanboy's may complain, but multi-cpu support is the name of the game.
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    izmanq , September 14, 2011 11:50 AM
    Yeah, I'm dissappointed too, why not with AMD Fusion too :| Why with evil corp like intel :D 
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    happyballz , September 14, 2011 1:45 PM
    The more competition the better..AMD should also jump on this.
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    vaughn2k , September 14, 2011 1:49 PM
    The atom. Another technology that also can't die... even in the face of a C-50.
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    cknobman , September 14, 2011 2:22 PM
    Oh yeah Intel that is what I have always been waiting for, more Atom. In fact I was holding off on a Android tablet for this very reason!!!

    not.

    Last thing I want is a tablet hampered by a old power hungry(in comparison to ARM) architecture sucking my battery life like a vampire on a 400 pound fat chick.

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    lucky015 , September 14, 2011 2:48 PM
    I get the sneaking suspicion that adding more and more support to different hardware to Android's core could ruin it fairly quickly, But we can only wait and see.
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    seezur , September 14, 2011 3:24 PM
    I think the point everyone seems to be missing is that this will open up support (most likely) to other x86 platforms. Sure Google and Intel will optimize it for Atom but if it works on one x86 chip it should work on the others. Besides even if they put code in the OS to prevent installation on non-Atom chips, it's open source so it will only take a small amount of time to port it.

    There are x86 versions of Android now but getting it to work on anything besides tested devices simply doesn't work.

    So AMD is being smart, let Intel and Google spend the money on development, then work with a company like Acer to get a Tablet with their stuff in it.
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    LordConrad , September 14, 2011 9:37 PM
    "...future versions of Android won't necessarily focus on the Atom SoC, but will support the x86-based architecture..."

    Android will rock on Zacate!
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    PreferLinux , September 14, 2011 10:03 PM
    How about all you Android fanboys get a real Linux distro???
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    liveonc , September 14, 2011 11:20 PM
    DIE (a)MeeGo, long live Android! Winteldroidokia, soon we'll ALL use Monopoly Money too ;-)
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    cybersans , September 15, 2011 12:03 AM
    i already use android x86 ported to vmware, so it is not a problem to me.
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    Camikazi , September 15, 2011 12:28 AM
    PreferLinuxHow about all you Android fanboys get a real Linux distro???

    Find me one that will run on my phone and has access to the Android Market then. What's that, you can't find one? Please go away and stop making random useless comments.
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    PreferLinux , September 15, 2011 2:16 AM
    CamikaziFind me one that will run on my phone and has access to the Android Market then. What's that, you can't find one? Please go away and stop making random useless comments.

    Seems to me like something has been playing with the comments, and it isn't the first time. I was commenting about the ones thinking it would be good on things other than phones, such as desktops.