Android on Intel-powered smartphones in 2012


Intel have announced at the 2011 Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco that they've been working with Google to finesse Android to run on its hitherto largely netbook-focussed Atom processors.

While there have been many unofficial voyages into tweaking Android to run on x86 architecture, the new partnership between Intel and Google is likely to prompt mainstream take-up from 3rd party device manufacturors.

New smartphones and tablets powered by the mighty Atom should hit the market early next year.

I wouldn't be surprised if the good folks of CyanogenMod and other Android modders will be all over this like a rash once they can get their hands on the AOSP source code although the heavy reliance on touchscreens in the most recent Android releases might not make it the perfect choice for back-porting to regular netbooks I suspect.

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