Intel and Google team up on Android phones

14 Sep 2011

Tech giants Intel and Google are teaming up to enable and optimise future versions of the Android operating system for smartphones and other mobile devices using Intel chips.

“By optimising 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.”

The joint effort is designed to speed time-to-market of Intel technology-based smartphones running the Android platform.

“Combining Android with Intel’s low power smartphone road map opens up more opportunity for innovation and choice,” said Andy Rubin, senior vice-president of Mobile at Google. “This collaboration will drive the Android ecosystem forward.”

Intel will take advantage of the open-source accessibility of the Android platform to provide its customers with products and also help enable powerful personal computing experiences that leverage Intel technology across a range of devices.

This work will enable mobile device OEMs and wireless operators to draw upon the performance and low power capabilities of Intel architecture and tap into the scale of the x86 developer ecosystem to further drive the adoption of the Android platform.