Android-X86 Project Ports Android 4.0 'Ice Cream Sandwich' Platform to AMD's Brazos APU Chips

The Android-x86 project, which aims to port Google's popular mobile platform to processors based on the x86 or x86-64 instruction set architectures, is beginning to bear fruit, with dedicated hackers releasing a video of Android 4.0 'Ice Cream Sandwich' running on an AMD Brazos-powered tablet.

The video release will come as an embarrassment to Intel, which is continuing to push its low-power Atom processors as an alterative to ARM-based chips for OEMs and ODMs looking at producing Android-based devices.

While Android was originally developed for the ARM instruction set architecture, its open source nature - barring a hiccough with Android 3.0 'Honeycomb,' which was not released under an open source licence due to concerns regarding 'hacks' put in place for temporary tablet support - means that it can be ported to almost any platform.

The x86 architecture is an obvious choice, allowing devices based on chips from the likes of Intel, AMD and VIA to run the operating system, but other companies are getting involved too with MIPS the latest to announce an Android 4.0 'Ice Cream Sandwich' build for its architecture.

The video, released by the Android-x86 team with the help of AMD, shows an MSI WindPad 110W running an Android 4.0 'Ice Cream Sandwich' build on its AMD Brazos-based accelerated processing unit (APU).

The performance in the video is smooth, thanks to full hardware acceleration support provided by AMD, although doesn't quite live up to what has been seen of Android 4.0 on the Asus Transformer Prime, which packs a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 'Kal-El' ARM-based processor.

The video is reproduced below.