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Intel Porting Android for x86 Notebooks, Tablets

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Intel is porting Android to x86 for Atom-based devices.

Intel is reportedly working on a fully native x86 version of Google's Android operating system for Atom-powered netbooks and tablets. The company may actually porting the highly-anticipated "Froyo" v2.2--Google released the SDK back in May and just made the source code available on Wednesday. However this of course may depend on whether Google will finalize FroYo before Intel's expected release of the x86 Android OS later this summer.

Originally Android was written to run on ARM processors. However Intel's senior vice president and general manager of the Software and Services Group Renee James said that the process of "Atomizing" the OS wasn't difficult at all thanks to the company's previous experience with Linux. The overall process is expected to wrap up soon.

"Our expectation is that (native x86 Android) will be based on the Froyo release and will be available this summer to developers," James said. She also added that the code used to construct the x86 Android OS will be piped back into the "open branch," and will be accessible to the Android developer community.

Although the software is expected to be used on Atom-based tablets and netbooks, Intel is hoping that this port will provide hardware partners another OS-based option for Atom-powered smartphones in the future.

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    Silmarunya , 25 June 2010 02:02
    Android Tablets just received yet another advantage over Apple. There are still some inherent advantages Atom has over ARM and the ability to exploit these in a tablet will surely increase performance.
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    LePhuronn , 25 June 2010 02:23
    What about the other way round and do Windows for ARM? Windows 7 on a Tegra 2 platform would rock.
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    ukgooey , 25 June 2010 03:11
    I can't wait to install this on my netbook. Yet another OS to choose from at boot. Super.
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    a1exh , 25 June 2010 15:41
    Would be good to see this on the O2 Joggler!
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    guanyu210379 , 25 June 2010 15:46
    I am really really waiting for an android-based tablet PC.
    I saw many tablet PCs on Win 7...but....I am not a big fan of ported Win7 on weak specs such as Atom..
    I wonder if I can get one of the android tablet PC by the end of this year..