Intel is hard at work, prepping an “Android x86″version of Android 2.2 designed for tablets and netbooks. As we’ve mentioned here a couple of times, Android was initially designed for ARM processors. Intel has been gradually getting more involved with the platform, most recently for the Google TV products due later this year. At some point, Intel hopes to see smart phones running their Atom processors in addition to the Qualcomm chips that have become all the rage.
“Our expectation is that (native x86 Android) will be based on the Froyo release and will be available this summer to developers” Renee James, Intel’ Senior VP, Software and Services.
Further, “all of the (x86) code will be fed back into the open branch that will be created for x86” and will be made available to Android developers.
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