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Nov 7, 2011

Intel Says Android 4.0 Has x86 Optimizations

Just two months after Google and Intel have announced their partnership to tune the Android OS for x86 Atom processors, Intel has revealed that Ice Cream Sandwich already includes a series of optimizations for its low-power chips.
According to Tech Report, the first Intel-powered Android smartphones and tablets should be built around the company's 32nm Medfield SoC, which was specifically designed for such devices.

The Atom SoC could enable tablet makers to build devices that are thinner than 0.35" and lighter than 1.5 lbs, making them comparable with their ARM-powered counterparts.

The sad news is that even if Ice Cream Sandwich seems to be prepared for Intel's processors, the chip maker itself isn't, as the first Medfield chips won't be available until the first half of 2012.

It's hard to say how will things progress in the future, but Intel's entrance into the low-power device could happen just a bit too late, considering the powerful ARM-based processors that will make their arrival in the next couple of months.


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