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Intel Says Android 4.0 Has x86 Optimizations

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Just two months after announcing an alliance with Google, Intel now claims that Android 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich" will feature support for x86 architecture.

Suzy Greenberg, a spokesperson for Intel, said last week that Ice Cream Sandwich already includes OS optimization for x86, so naturally Intel-based devices will support the upcoming Android release. The confirmation arrives after reports claimed that Android 4.0 aka "Ice Cream Sandwich" is ready to work with tablets and smartphones based on Intel's x86 mobile processors for said devices.

According to Intel, the first smartphone based on an Intel chip -- reportedly the 32-nm "Medfield" Atom chip that will also arrive on tablets -- will hit the market in the first half of 2012. Intel already admitted back at Computex in May that Medfield-powered tablets will sport a form factor thinner than 0.35-inches and weigh less than 1.5 lbs.

Intel officially announced an alliance with Google back in September that promises to churn out future versions of Android sporting compatibility with Intel's family of low-power Atom processors and "other architectures."

"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 in September. "Together we are accelerating Intel architecture and bringing new levels of innovation to a maturing Android platform."

The two companies recently worked together 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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    tri force , November 8, 2011 12:34 PM
    Thanks for the in depth article. Great read.
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    Haserath , November 8, 2011 12:55 PM
    tri forceThanks for the in depth article. Great read.

    I like this, short and to the point. At least there aren't any grammar mistakes. :p 
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    mightymaxio , November 8, 2011 12:51 PM
    Nice Tweet :) 
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    tri force , November 8, 2011 12:34 PM
    Thanks for the in depth article. Great read.
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    loveduckie , November 8, 2011 12:34 PM
    Freaking awesome. I would imagine that it's the only way to compete with the soon to be released Windows 8 tablet platform.
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    zorky9 , November 8, 2011 12:42 PM
    wintel to gootel
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    sunflier , November 8, 2011 12:47 PM
    I wonder if Kevin posted this from his Android Phone?
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    DSpider , November 8, 2011 12:51 PM
    Longest article I've seen in a while here.

    If Android would run in VirtualBox (and with GPU support), it would be pretty fricken sweet. Especially for netbook/laptop owners.
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    mightymaxio , November 8, 2011 12:51 PM
    Nice Tweet :) 
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    Haserath , November 8, 2011 12:55 PM
    tri forceThanks for the in depth article. Great read.

    I like this, short and to the point. At least there aren't any grammar mistakes. :p 
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    DSpider , November 8, 2011 12:58 PM
    HaserathI like this, short and to the point. At least there aren't any grammar mistakes.

    This isn't Twitter, you know.
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    onanonanon , November 8, 2011 1:07 PM
    tri forceThanks for the in depth article. Great read.

    I just completely embarrassed myself by laughing my arse off at that in the middle of the office. One million internetz to this man!
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    halcyon , November 8, 2011 1:14 PM
    tri forceThanks for the in depth article. Great read.

    Nothing like efficiency.
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    ojas , November 8, 2011 1:14 PM
    i actually thought the page didn't load the first two times, then i read this
    tri forceThanks for the in depth article. Great read.

    and i understood :p 
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    soo-nah-mee , November 8, 2011 1:14 PM
    Wow, the ads to content ratio on this page is astonishing!
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    Goldengoose , November 8, 2011 1:27 PM
    soo-nah-meeWow, the ads to content ratio on this page is astonishing!

    adblocker ftw
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    robisinho , November 8, 2011 1:39 PM
    Go backwards compatibility!
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    Marcus Yam , November 8, 2011 1:45 PM
    Sorry everyone. We encountered an error in our system and it deleted the article text. We're trying to recover it right now.
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    huron , November 8, 2011 1:50 PM
    Wow...was expecting a little more text.

    Are they just teasing us?
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    N.Broekhuijsen , November 8, 2011 1:52 PM
    Marcus YamSorry everyone. We encountered an error in our system and it deleted the article text. We're trying to recover it right now.

    No problems here.

    Btw, nice job on the renovations to the website, they look nice! Give the webdesigners a raise!
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    rantoc , November 8, 2011 1:55 PM
    Marcus YamSorry everyone. We encountered an error in our system and it deleted the article text. We're trying to recover it right now.


    Seems to be working nicely now.
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    coldmast , November 8, 2011 1:56 PM
    So if Andriod and Chrome OS are both running on x86, can we just pick the best of breed and be done with the other?
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    jamie_1318 , November 8, 2011 1:57 PM
    Why is the article just the title? One sentence long article. Maybe some sources would be nice. who said what sort of thing.

    Nevermind that, refreshed the page and the article just showed up.
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