On Tuesday, at the Intel Developer Forum, Android Chief Andy Rubin announced that Android and Intel would continue their intermingling from the very core of Android. Paul Otellini CEO and President of Intel says, “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,”.
Yesterday, we reported about a video supporting this integration on the Atom microprocessor for Android 2.3, so to hear this officially is great news for Android users. This means that all future versions of Android will support Intel architecture from the ground up — making a smooth transition.
Intel hopes this joint effort will help them bring Intel powered Android phones to market at a faster rate, which only makes sense since Intel already has it’s hands in Google TV products and Chrome OS. Every current mainstream smartphone is powered by ARM, leaving Intel in the dark if they don’t do something quick.
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).