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Intel's x86 chip will power 6-8 Android devices this year

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Intel's x86 chip will power 6-8 Android devices this year
Notebook makers are claiming that Intel is planning on combining their x86 chipset with the Android operating system. Particularly as Microsoft has decided to use ARM platforms, Intel's cooperation is fitting, even though they have their own MeeGo OS.

Several Taiwan notebook makers, including Inventec and Compal Electronics, say that the Intel x86-powered Android devices could be announced as soon as April. That announcement would likely take place at the Intel Developer Forum in Beijing, April 12-13. If they can't be ready by then, they're expected at the Computex Taipei conference later in the year.

If Intel does in fact use Android with their processors, it could mean a tremendous cost-savings for the end user. Without licensing fees, those Taiwanese notebooks could offer competitive alternatives to Windows-based netbooks and other mobile OS tablets.

The sources propose that these new partnerships, which are a departure from the traditional Wintel (Windows + Intel) market, will improve the overall health of the PC ecosystem. Of course, in addition to an Intel/Android notebook, we're looking forward to more of their Intel/Chrome OS solutions expected around mid-2011.

source: DigiTimes via SlashGear

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posted on 15 Mar 2011, 18:35

1. Honeycomb FTW (unregistered)

There are a couple problems with Intel chips inside Android devices.
1. Intel chips costs way more than an ARM chip.
2. Intel chips aren't as battery friendly.
3. Intel chips need a fan to keep cool--who want's an Android device with a fan blowing when then can get one with better battery life, no fan and therefore a slimmer form factor.

I don't see Intel doing well with Android until they release a chip that is just as cost effective, just as power efficient, and doesn't need a fan.

posted on 15 Mar 2011, 18:58 1

2. giantgnome (Posts: 67; Member since: 11 Feb 2011)

The article says notebooks, not netbooks, tablets, or phones. These are basically just your normal notebooks but instead of running Windows it's running Android. I'm not sure what Android apps are out there that would use the power behind a high-end laptop but it's probably just a matter of time. Anyways, it's nice to have more options.

posted on 15 Mar 2011, 20:08

4. p0rkguy (Posts: 685; Member since: 23 Nov 2010)

I don't think they're trying to actually use the full functionality of a laptop for Android apps. I think they're just doing this to compete with the OSX and that app store.
Also, it does mention being competitive to other mobile OS tablet. x86 would be a nice change for Mobile OSs, they offer much more power than ARM.

posted on 15 Mar 2011, 19:11 1

3. ps1001 (Posts: 65; Member since: 14 Dec 2010)

this is really interesting...
Maybe in 6years will be all running HONEYCOMB-12 on our ps-es...
6years multiplied with two updates a year(as google says)= 12...
who knows...

posted on 15 Mar 2011, 21:07 1

5. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)

no most of the devices will be stuck somewhere in the middle when that update comes out...

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