Intel officially announced it will collaborate with Google to optimize the Android OS for Intel’s Atom processor platform in order to help Intel entering the smartphone market.
In his keynote on the 13th of September – the first day of the Intel Developer Forum 2011 – Intel CEO Paul Otellini announced the partnership with Google to support Android on Atom processors and said the first Intel-based smartphones will be available in the first half of 2012.
Paul Otellini demoed Intel’s Android smartphone reference platform running Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). The phone is 9.5mm thick, had an HDMI output, NFC support and features Intel’s 32nm Medfield processor which is said to include a newer generation GPU. Intel also showed off the new ISP (Image Signal Processor) capabilities in Medfield which is capable of capturing up to 20 fps at 1600 x 1200. However, the reference platform could only deliver 10 fps from its 8MP rear sensor, so there is still some optimization work to be done.
You can watch an Anandtech video about the reference design below.
Intel and Google also showcased a prototype tablet built around Intel’s Medfield chip and running Android 3.x (Honeycomb).
Android will not only be available on their latest Medfield processor but also on the Atom E6xx series (See promotion video below).
If you want to run Android in an x86 platform, you can to it today, as an unofficial Android-x86 version has already been available for quite a while.