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Intel Porting Android To x86 For Netbooks and Tablets 163

According to Liliputing, Intel is bringing the sweet eye candy of Android to x86, which — if all goes well — means it will land on (more) netbooks and tablets soon. I'm more excited about ARM-based tablets, for their current advantage in battery life, but the more the merrier, when it comes to breaking up the tight circle of OSes available for any given arbitrary class of computing devices. Given all the OS swings that the OLPC project has gone through, maybe it should be thinking of Android, too.
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Intel Porting Android To x86 For Netbooks and Tablets

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  • Response to meego (Score:4, Interesting)

    by CarpetShark ( 865376 ) on Thursday June 24, 2010 @02:48PM (#32681630)

    I guess this is a reponse to Meego 1.0 coming out for netbooks as a free download. I don't think meego will amount to much, but if it creates enough competition to push android ahead, that'll be cool.

    Still... regarding Android on x86, I'd really prefer to see an ARM/OMAP-3 release, to run on N900s etc. There's a hack available now, but device drivers are still an issue.

    More importantly... what's the status of Marketplace on this "port"? Is marketplace now open for anyone to use if they install Android? If not, this port will be useless, except as a dev platform or an interesting proof of concept.

  • Meego? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Spykk ( 823586 ) on Thursday June 24, 2010 @02:48PM (#32681632)
    I personally prefer the direction Intel was going with Moblin/Meego to Android. I wonder if this means Intel is going to leave Meego development up to Nokia?
  • Re:Response to meego (Score:3, Interesting)

    by CarpetShark ( 865376 ) on Thursday June 24, 2010 @02:51PM (#32681678)

    Oh, wow. I read this as Google is porting android. Intel porting android is a much more interesting bit of news. Either Intel is so big that they have multiple departments with the same goal, and completely contradictory strategies, or they've decided that Meego is crap already, and are abandoning it for Android.

  • I must agree. (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Rantastic ( 583764 ) on Thursday June 24, 2010 @03:12PM (#32681946) Journal

    I have been running Android 1.6 on an old eeepc 701 for quite a while now, thanks to the good folks over at android-x86.org [android-x86.org]. Android is quite well suited to a low power, small screen machine like the 701.

    Also, consider this: When running the android bowser, more and more sites default to a mobile version. I've found that the mobile versions of many sites are preferable to the full versions. I suspect this is at least partly to do with the mobile interface being streamlined.

  • Chrome OS? (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Grizzley9 ( 1407005 ) on Thursday June 24, 2010 @03:44PM (#32682402)
    So where would this leave Chrome OS theoretically?
  • And where.... (Score:5, Interesting)

    by bmo ( 77928 ) on Thursday June 24, 2010 @03:57PM (#32682586)

    ... Is Microsoft's tablet/small device OS?

    Yes, there are "tablet" versions of Windows ever since XP, but where is the small, lightweight, finger friendly OS for tablets?

    I brought this very fact up earlier in another post with regards to Microsoft's ability for growth here: http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=1695766&cid=32667752 [slashdot.org]

    Fine, we've got a computer on every desktop as Bill Gates dreamed, and Microsoft has 90 percent of the market, since the late 1990s. When this happened, the question to have been asked was "Now What?" Apparently nobody asked, not in 10 years, at least. They got soft. Complacent.

    Vaporware and demo products don't count. I had someone honestly tell me that KIN was not meant to be profitable, or even good. What? Is this what softies actually believe?

    Microsoft: Google is eating your lunch. Apple is eating your lunch. Every mobile device maker is eating your lunch.

    Oh well. That's like telling the same thing to IBM in 1980s when the clone makers started making "IBM Compatible" PCs. IBM didn't listen then, and Microsoft won't listen now. The King never listens when he's been told he's naked.


  • You missed it (Score:3, Interesting)

    by symbolset ( 646467 ) on Thursday June 24, 2010 @04:00PM (#32682650) Journal

    Cloud-based touch-centric resource efficient virtual desktops running on x86 virtual machines, from any client running any architecture.

    What this means, literally, is that Intel has decided not to go down with the ship.

  • by bonch ( 38532 ) on Thursday June 24, 2010 @04:07PM (#32682754)

    So what happened to Chrome OS?

  • Re:Great news (Score:4, Interesting)

    by BobMcD ( 601576 ) on Thursday June 24, 2010 @04:20PM (#32682954)

    How many USB ports did your old MacBook have?

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 24, 2010 @06:05PM (#32684504)

    A quick look at the repos should give you your answer; vaporware going nowhere. I think Chrome OS was a bluff, there is certainly no chance of a usable product coming out of it

The only possible interpretation of any research whatever in the `social sciences' is: some do, some don't. -- Ernest Rutherford