Feeds

Intel seeks Android-on-Atom MID deal with Google?

Daft not to

Remote control for virtualized desktops

Intel is wooing Google to port the Android operating system to Atom, according to noises coming out of Taiwan.

The claim comes from Taiwanese makers of handheld internet tablets - what Intel calls Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs). Atom is Intel's smallest and lowest processor family, designed for MIDs.

Intel has long been keen to persuade OS developers to support its processors. In part it wants to stop being seen as solely interested in Microsoft Windows - as it once was, when 'Wintel' was a common way to describe PCs.

Intel has cosied up to Linux developers for a long time, and recently began pushing Moblin, its own open source OS optimised for MIDs and netbooks. Moblin development continues apace, but Intel has never said the distro commands all its Linux loyalties.

This is one reason for the recent news that it is working with Nokia to align Moblin with the Finnish phone firm's Maemo, the Linux distro that ships with Nokia's internet tablets.

And hence Intel interest in Android and - no doubt - Google's upcoming Chrome OS too. Google says Chrome is for netbooks, Android for smartphones, but we imagine Intel wants to get both running on Atom chips, no matter what devices those processors end up in. ®

Intelligent flash storage arrays

Whitepapers

Designing and building an open ITOA architecture
Learn about a new IT data taxonomy defined by the four data sources of IT visibility: wire, machine, agent, and synthetic data sets.
Why CIOs should rethink endpoint data protection in the age of mobility
Assessing trends in data protection, specifically with respect to mobile devices, BYOD, and remote employees.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Security and trust: The backbone of doing business over the internet
Explores the current state of website security and the contributions Symantec is making to help organizations protect critical data and build trust with customers.