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Intel building X86-compliant Android OS

Chip giant Intel is preparing a native x86 version of Google's mobile operating system Android.

The open source operating system, which has until now been restricted to CPU architecture designed by Brit chip shop ARM, will be recoded to run on Intel's PC-standard x86 chips in the next couple of months and will start to appear in netbooks and tablet devices soon after.

According to APC, Intel has been adapting the code so that its manufacturing partners can include the popular mobile OS on Atom-powered devices which may eventually include a new generation of smartphones.

Intel told the site that the adapted OS would be based on the Froyo release and available this summer to developers.

Source code for the x86 distro will be fed back into the open source community and will be available for all Android developers.