Intel still working on x86 version of Android

A long time ago, we ran a post here at DroidDog about how Intel was working on a version of Android that would work on their popular x86 architecture, as opposed to ARM that Android is written for now. This is one of those stories that takes a long time to evolve. When we first talked about Android x86, it mainly revolved around getting Android on netbooks, tablets, and maybe even a phone or two packing an Intel Atom. Later on in the year when Google TV was announced, Intel made sure to let us know that they want a piece of that, and Android x86 would play a role there as well. Today, we are still waiting to see the fruit of Intel’s labor, but at least we know a little more than we used to. Intel’ Senior VP of Software and Services, Renee James, had this to say on the development process:

“Our expectation is that (native x86 Android) will be based on the Froyo release and will be available this summer to developers”

“all of the (x86) code will be fed back into the open branch that will be created for x86”

If all goes according to plan, come fall 2010, we will be seeing Android based devices that aren’t limited to ARM processing. That means harder, better, faster, stronger Android devices, and competition like we’ve never seen before. The competition that I’m more excited to see isn’t between x86 and ARM based Android devices, but between Chrome OS and Android OS based devices. Theoretically, both devices could and should be used for different things… It’s just hard for me to imagine an Android based netbook or tablet being that much more productive or useful than an Android phone paired with a Chrome OS netbook or tablet. For people like me who have fully committed their lives to Google’s cloud, we will always have an Android phone with us. Do we really need an Android netbook too? As far as the netbooks go, I suppose only time will tell. When it comes to an x86 based phone or Google TV, well, that’s a different story.

Via Android Guys

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