Intel and Google Play Nice Over Android Architecture

Tapping into the scale of the “x86 developer ecosystem” to drive the adoption of the Android platform

Intel and Google have announced that they will work to “enable and optimize” future versions of Android for Intel’s family of low-power Atom processors. This means that future versions of the Android platform will support Intel technology in addition to other architectures.

The joint effort is designed to speed time-to-market of Intel technology-based smartphones running the Android platform. As the company now takes advantage of the open-source accessibility of Android, this work will enable mobile device OEMs to draw upon Intel architecture and tap into the scale of the x86 developer ecosystem to further drive the adoption of the Android platform.

“By optimizing the Android platform for Intel architecture, we bring a powerful new capability to market that will accelerate more industry adoption and choice, and bring exciting new products to market that harness the combined potential of Intel technology and the Android platform,” said Intel president and CEO Paul Otellini. “Together we are accelerating Intel architecture and bringing new levels of innovation to a maturing Android platform.”

“Combining Android with Intel’s low-power smartphone roadmap opens up more opportunity for innovation and choice,” said Andy Rubin, senior VP of mobile at Google. “This collaboration will drive the Android ecosystem forward.”

This announcement builds upon the two companies’ recent joint initiatives to enable Intel architecture on Google products, which include Chrome OS and Google TV along with the Android Software Development Kit (SDK) and Native Development Kit (NDK).