Intel Eager for a Piece of Ice Cream Sandwich

ARM rivals Intel and MIPS are creating smartphone and tablet processors that will be able to support Google's latest Android 4.0 OS (aka Ice Cream Sandwich), Computer World reports.

ICS already works on ARM processors which are found in most of the smartphones and tablets, but Intel, which has largely lost out in the mobile processor market, is planning to launch processors which support the platform.

The Ice Cream Sandwich OS, which was unveiled by Google at an event with Samsung in Asia, hopes to unify Android based smartphones and tablet devices. The first device to offer the platform, which comes with a face recognition based security feature, is the Galaxy Nexus that was also showed off at the Ice Cream Sandwich launch event.

Intel said that the mobile operating system was ready to be put on processors based on the x86 architecture and informed that the first mobile devices based on Intel's processors will be dished out in the first half of 2012.

Meanwhile, MIPS, whose processors already support Android 3.0 Honeycomb, which was meant solely for tablets, also said that it was working towards offering support for the platform on its new range of mobile processors.