Intel Set To Bring Android 2.2 To x86 Devices

IT giant Intel is set to release a native x86 version of Google's Android 2.2 operating system, for laptops and netbooks based on Intel's Atom chipset.

The x86 version of Android 2.2 will make the smartphone OS available on PCs, netbooks, notebooks and tablet computers based on the x86 architecture for the first time.

Intel has said that it wishes to keep the new version of Android open source.

Speaking to Australia tech web site APC, Renee James, senior vice president for software and services at Intel, said: “Our expectation is that [native x86 Android] will be based on the Froyo release and will be available this summer to developers.”

James also added that working with Android had proven to be easy, as the company has earlier experience of working with Linux operating systems.

APC reports that developers will be able to tinker with the software development code behind Android x86 this summer, and hardware partners will be able to start incorporating the OS on their Atom-based mobile devices.