Intel may be the closest thing to a monopoly when it comes to the computer industry, but it has made no major headway when it comes to the mobile industry. ARM dominates the mobile processor market with its low power, efficient processor architecture designs. Almost all new smartphones are powered by an ARM processor. Intel has been trying to increase adoption of its Atom processors, but so far, they have only been majorly used in netbooks, not in smartphones or tablets.
Intel even partnered with Nokia on MeeGo, aiming to bring Intel processors to the mainstream, with MeeGo smartphones and tablets, but Nokia recently ditched Intel and MeeGo to go with Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 platform.
Well, in its earnings call today, Intel President and CEO, Paul Otellini announced that Intel was working on porting Android 3.0 Honeycomb to the x86 architecture.
“We’ve received the Android code the Honeycomb version of Android source code from Google, and we’re actively doing the port on that,” Otellini said.
“We expect to be able to ramp those [Honeycomb-based] machines over the course of this year for a number of customers. I would be very disappointed if we didn’t see Intel-based phones for sale 12 months from now”, he stated.
Intel is also working with “first tier notebook vendors” to build Intel powered tablets running the ported version of Android 3.0 Honeycomb. It will have tablet platforms which will run Windows, Android and MeeGo ready over the course of the year.