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Intel Preparing Native x86 Version of Android 2.2

Jun 29, 2010, 03:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andy Patrizio)

"Intel is working on a fully native x86 version of Android 2.2 and plans to ship its version of the Google-backed mobile operating system to developers in the next two months.

"Given how slowly Android 2.2, codenamed "Froyo," has come to market, that would make x86 one of the first platforms to get the Linux-based OS.

"Android had originally been written for ARM-based processors, which are in use in the vast majority of smartphones -- including all of the major HTC Android phones and Google's Nexus One, the only phone now running Android 2.2.

"But Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) has been working to adapt Android to run on its x86 platform, both for smartphones and PC form factors like netbooks and tablets. Intel has not significantly pursued the smartphone segment until now, but with its new power-efficient "Moorestown" Atom model, the world's largest chipmaker feels it can compete with ARM in these areas."

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