Intel Set to Go Android in Q3 2011
But earlier this week, an Intel exec confirmed that its newest version of Atom–previously codenamed Oak Trail–will show up in tablets running Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) later this year.
Now, Taiwanese publication DigiTimes says that Intel is working with Acer, Lenovo, Cisco, and Asus on new Intel-chipset-based tablets, and will make a big announcement in Q3 of 2011. DigiTimes also notes that Intel will be paying a subsidy of $10 per unit to tablet makers to build market hype. You might ask what this means for the two headed monster that we call “Wintel” (Windows / Intel). Well Microsoft has already begun getting its Windows OS ready to run on ARM processors. Who knows what this could mean for the future of technology. As we all know competition breeds innovation.
Personally, I look forward to seeing Atom processors in Android devices, with Netbooks like the ASUS Eee PC 1015PED getting up to 13 hours battery life while running a battery hog like Windows 7. This leaves me wondering how long an Android device would function on a similar chipset.
Would you buy a Intel based Android tablet? Let us know in the comments.