Paul Otellini just showed off a Medfield based Android phone (running the "latest" version of Android) and immediately announced a development partnership with Google. Andy Rubin from Google just joined him on stage to announce that all future releases of Android will be optimized for Intel x86 architecture. This ultimately means we'll see x86 in addition to ARM ports of future versions of Google. We already know that Intel isn't the launch partner for Ice Cream sandwich, but it looks like Intel may be in the running for whatever comes after it.

The first Medfield based phones are expected in the first half of 2012. It looks like MeeGo is old news and Intel is throwing its weight behind Android.

 

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  • danjw - Tuesday, September 13, 2011 - link

    Intel, is trying to dig themselves out of the mobile hole they dug themselves into. So, they paid Google to a bunch of money to make sure Android will run on x86 architecture. It isn't a problem, the more diversity in Android, the better. But don't fool yourself, Intel realizes it screwed up by not going more aggressively after the mobile market.
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  • Gondalf - Tuesday, September 13, 2011 - link

    The new roadmap is impressive and even upcoming Medfield seems decent. If intel can execute well and the brand new architecture in fast development is good (bye bye Atom), Intel can fill the gap in two years.
    Better than nothing......Amd is out of the game in this segment.
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  • CrystalBay - Tuesday, September 13, 2011 - link

    Very interesting... Reply
  • FaceTheSlayer - Tuesday, September 13, 2011 - link

    Take that Microsoft. Reply
  • tommo123 - Tuesday, September 13, 2011 - link

    done properly i mean. not the mess that atom was. i want the whole thing built on their best process tech (not a good chip on a crappy chipset).

    wonder how intels trigate will help them out?
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  • etamin - Wednesday, September 14, 2011 - link

    "Android will be optimized for Intel x86 architecture" Does this mean "optimize" in the traditional sense, or does it mean migrate entirely to x86 eventually? What a weasely phrase. Reply

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