Back at the Intel developer’s conference Google’s Senior Vice President of Mobile, Andy Rubin, spoke about Intel and how in 2012 they were going to break into the Android world. Intel’s “Medfield” chipset is part of Intel’s Atom family of processors and will drive Intel’s journey into Android.
At the Intel developers conference Rubin had said that Intel based Android phones will be optimized from the top down to work fluidly and at maximum efficiency utilizing the Medfield chip set.
Intel’s reference device is just that, it’s a device where Android OEM’s like HTC, Samsung, Motorola, Huawei, ZTE, and LG can evaluate the Medfield chip set. From there the OEM’s can use as much of the design as they want.
The reference device looks a tad bit “Iphone-ish” so we imagine that most OEM’s would use Intel’s framework architecture and leave most of the design to their own designers.
“We expect products based on these to be announced in the first half of 2012,” said Stephen Smith, vice president of Intel’s architecture group. He added, “The devices are sent out to inspire and instruct manufacturers interested in building products around Intel’s latest technology. They can use as much or as little of the reference design as they like.”
Technology Review, who has seen the reference device, has said that it was running Android 2.3 Gingerbread and not Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich the most recent version of Android.
Intel is no stranger to Android they already have an app development house that has been working on apps across all platforms meant to be optimized for Intel technology.