Native x86 version of Android to be seeded to developers
Gone are the days where the Android OS can only be found pre-installed on smartphones: a fairly high-ranking staff over at Intel has revealed that developers can soon expect a native x86 port of Android to play with “at some point this summer”. So when can we start buying an Android-powered netbook?
Are you bored of running Windows or Linux on your x86/x64 boxes at home or at work? If so, just bear with it for a little longer, because Intel has promised that developers will soon get access to a special, native x86 version of the Android OS which is currently being used in smartphones and ARM-based tablets today.
Said to be based off the curent Android 2.2 release (also known as Froyo), the x86 branch of Android is currently mantained by Intel, and the company has promised that the code used to the native port will be fed back to a branch set up in the Android master tree, thus giving developers full access to the resources they need to develop for the x86 port of Android.
Renee James, Senior VP for software and services at Intel, claimed that the port will be “available this summer to developers”, and that porting Android over to x86 was not as tricky as they had originally thought it would, as the company had prior experience in working with the Linux kernel.
However, it is interesting to point out that little to no mention was made about x86 Android’s compatibility with AMD’s processors even though both companies produce x86 chips. Of course, it might be possible that Intel may be attempting to pull a Moblin with the x86 port of Android by supporting only its Atom processors while locking AMD’s alternative out of the loop, but that’s only speculation.
Of course, we’re hoping that this means more x86 tablets, notebooks or desktops running on Android in the near future, if only because Windows have gotten kind of boring after having been using it for more than a decade. But until then, we’ll be perfectly content with doing our work on Windows 7 and Internet Explorer 8.