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June 25, 2010

Intel to bring Android 2.2 to Atom devices

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by Darren Allan

Intel has announced that it will be porting across the Android mobile operating system onto devices that run using the firm’s Atom chipset.

A spokesman for the company told APC that it will have a version of Android 2.2 ready to ship off to developers before the end of summer. Intel intends to keep the new variant of Android open source.

Microsoft execs are certain to be wearing a frown with the emergence of this little bit of news, as Android on the x86 platform will mean that Windows, and indeed the likes of Chrome when it emerges, will have a rival when it comes to netbooks and tablets.

Android seems to be going from strength to strength on the mobile OS front, with figures from Gartner last month putting it in fourth place in the world smartphone rankings with a 10% operating system market share.

It knocked Windows Mobile into fifth to get there, with Microsoft’s mobile OS only having a 7% share. Microsoft is hoping to reverse that trend with the new Windows Phone 7 operating system, but will that be too little, too late? Its slated release date is the autumn.

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