Future versions of Android will be optimized for Intel starting next year
Google's Andy Rubin was on hand today at Intel’s Developer Forum to announce some interesting news regarding the future of Android and the hardware which it will run on. As such, Intel Corporation and Google Inc. have now confirmed they will be continuing their efforts together to have Android running on Intel chips -- more specifically, Intel's low-powered Atom processor line.
To show just how serious they were about this partnership, they also showed off an Android phone and tablet powered by Intel's Atom based Medfield SoC. No definitive word on when we can expect this type of hardware in our hands but Intel's roadmap has Medfield powered phones slated for early 2012 and tablets cannot be that far behind. Full press release is past the break.
Source Intel; via: Thisismynext
Intel and Google to Optimize Android Platform for Intel® Architecture
Santa Clara and Mountain View, Calif., Sept. 13, 2011 – Intel Corporation and Google Inc. today announced that they will work to enable and optimize future versions of Android™ for Intel's family of low power Atom™ processors. This means that future versions of the Android platform will support Intel technology in addition to other architectures.
The joint effort is designed to speed time-to-market of Intel technology-based smartphones running the Android platform. Intel will take advantage of the open-source accessibility of the Android platform to provide its customers with technology products that inspire continued innovation and also help enable powerful personal computing experiences that fully leverage Intel technology across a range of devices. This work will enable mobile device OEMs and wireless operators to draw upon the performance and low power capabilities of Intel® architecture and tap into the scale of the x86 developer ecosystem to further drive the adoption of the Android platform.
"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."Together we are accelerating Intel architecture and bringing new levels of innovation to a maturing Android platform."
"Combining Android with Intel's low power smartphone roadmap opens up more opportunity for innovation and choice," said Andy Rubin, Senior Vice President of Mobile at Google. "This collaboration will drive the Android ecosystem forward."
Today's announcement builds upon the two companies' recent joint initiatives 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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