Android 23 for Intel Atom will arrive in January 2012

first_imgMuch ado has been made about Intel and mobile platforms. Following massive sales of the first iPad, Intel wasn’t entirely convinced about bringing its processors to the mobile computing space. Yet, the chip manufacturer had its eye on Android. With plans for Honeycomb, Intel will bring Gingerbread to Atom E6xx series processors.Since its inception, Android has run on ARM-based chips. Yet, this didn’t sit well with people who wanted to port Android to Intel processors and Intel seems to have heard the clamor. In June 2010, Intel announced that it was working to port Android 2.2 Froyo to x86 processors for netbooks, and that it would be sent to developers later that summer. Earlier this year, Intel announced that it would partner with Google to bring Android 3.0 Honeycomb to its processors.Now the spotlight is on Gingerbread for Intel’s processors. With Android steadily eating up market space, it’s no surprise the Intel would move towards Gingerbread. Android 2.3 has support across a wide swath of phones which is a prime opportunity for Intel to extend its reach.The expected release date is January 2012. Gingerbread 2.3 will run on Intel Atom E6xx series processors. These processors, part of the family formerly known by the codename Queens Bay, were designed for use in embedded devices and were first introduced at the 2010 IDF where Intel touted them as being their first generation of processor-based S0C. Don’t expect to see the E6xx/Android running on a smartphone though, this solution will be used in embedded systems, such as digital signage and fitness equipment.This is a solid move for Intel as it has been mostly absent from the mobile computing space (even if this isn’t a mobile play specifically). With such a huge presence in desktop computing, it’s no surprise that Intel would want to double its efforts, and therefore increase its market share. The surpise seems to be Intel’s talk of the aging Gingerbread, as opposed to Ice Cream Sandwich.Carrypad via Liliputinglast_img read more

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