It’s that time of the month…for earnings calls. Luckily the big wig types that typically speak at these sorts of things aren’t averse to letting a few tasty details slip out while regaling us with numbers and data points. Somewhere in the midst of their report, Paul S. Otellini of Intel gave us an update on their Android ventures. The company is currently in the midst of porting Android 3.0 Honeycomb to their CPU architecture and hopes to have some reference devices on display at the upcoming Computex show.
Google has allowed to Intel to be among the privileged few with access to the Honeycomb source, and Intel hopes to have a build of Android 3.0 ready for delivery sometime this year. Intel has already begun shipping their Oak Trail chipset designed with tablets and Android in mind to various clients.
[via The Register]
I so like this idea… If they can solidify it, perhaps a dual-boot Android/Windows (or Multi-boot Android/Windows/iOS) device will be possible for consumers. We’ll no longer have to wait for companies to build what we want, but instead be able to build it ourselves.
What you just said, “multi-boot Android/Windows/iOS” will never happen as long as Steve Jobs is alive cuz he will sue anyone who tries it and iOS is nowhere near worth the trouble of dealing with a lawsuit.
I don’t care about ios…just make it a dual boot android/windows.
FORGET dual booting… I think Microsoft has much to worry about. I can imagine a world populated by Android devices big and small, from mobile gadgets to full-blown personal computers. Intel must also see the same writing on the wall. Once Honeycomb evolves into a truely flexible OS, all devices will share similar apps and features, and not the half-assed special client programs we’ve been using to make things compatible. It’s Adobe but on a much larger scope.
This would probably make a piece of crap 5yo intel PC do all kinds of useful things. Only, of course, if Android provides the drivers for the hardware. I’m guessing that won’t happen for AMD hardware. I could see them providing universal drivers for Intel chipsets.
Be prepared to carry a car battery around with you as a power source. Let’s be honest, Android isn’t the most power-efficient OS at the moment anyway – let alone if you let start shoe-horning their utter failure at low-power chips into a tablet…
**let alone if you let INTEL start shoe-horning their utter failure at low-power chips into a tablet**
Hopefully it will be available to download and install. I’ve tried the Android x86 port of 2.2 on the Dell Inspiron Duo, but the lack of soft buttons was a dealbreaker.
Android on my HP Compaq 2710p sounds fun, especially with that built-in Wacom pen touchscreen. Though the lack of an awesome handwriting recognition software (like the one on Windows by Microsoft) as a typing alternative is pretty much a deal-breaker. Though I guess there’s always the actual keyboard.