Android will support Intel technology starting next year, Andy Rubin shows off Medfield-based Gingerbread handset [Video]

Google Senior Vice President of Mobile, Andy Rubin, showed up at the Intel Developer Forum for a big announcement. Moving forward Intel and Google will work together by enabling and optimizing Android for Intel’s family of low power Atom processors.

“By optimizing the Android platform for Intel architecture, we bring a powerful new capability to market that will accelerate more industry adoption and choice, and bring exciting new products to market that harness the combined potential of Intel technology and the Android platform,” said Intel President and CEO Paul Otellini.“Together we are accelerating Intel architecture and bringing new levels of innovation to a maturing Android platform.”

“Combining Android with Intel’s low power smartphone roadmap opens up more opportunity for innovation and choice,” said Andy Rubin. “This collaboration will drive the Android ecosystem forward.”

They even showed off a Gingerbread phone powered by Intel’s Atom based Medfield SoC. Medfield powered phones are slated for early 2012, and tablets should be soon after.

Video and full press release after the break.


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Intel looks to push into Android tablet PC market.

According to DigiTImes, Intel is working with 6 to 8 notebook manufacturers to push into the Android tablet PC market. Among them are 2 Taiwanese companies, Inventec and Compal Electronics. It is expected that they will show some of the new devices at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in Beijing next Month. If R&D does not go well, they may hold off until later this year at the Computex Taipei.

It was also reported that Intel has been working with Google on the development of  notebooks and netbooks. During the second half of 2011 Intel/Chrome OS solutions will be released. Samsung, Acer, and Asustek will be launching related models.

[via DigiTimes by BGR]