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Dell's Venue 8 runs Android on top of an Intel Atom processor. It starts at $180. (Credit: Dell) If there were any doubts that Intel wants to embrace Android as a Windows equal, they were erased this week. Speaking at the chipmakers investor meeting on Thursday,

Dell's Venue 8 runs Android on top of an Intel Atom processor. It starts at $180.
(Credit: Dell)
If there were any doubts that Intel wants to embrace Android as a Windows equal, they were erased this week.

Speaking at the chipmakers investor meeting on Thursday, Kirk Skaugen, general manager of the PC Client Group at Intel, said the following:

The reality is for the last decade weve been essentially 100 percent Microsoft on the client [but] were starting to see in emerging markets...demands for Android.

A lot of Android apps were written for a phone...in portrait mode. A significant percentage dont even exist in landscape mode, so they cant scale to large screens, whether its a notebook or an all-in-one. So, were going to do a number of things here. Were going to scale Android to 64-bit. Were going to allow it to scale from Atom [processors] all the way to the high-end of the Core processor family. Were going...to enable it to deliver a great experience as we go into larger scale screens, allow mutli-windowing.

We dont yet have the ability to treat it as a full-on enterprise vPro client [so] theres a significant investment as we embrace Android.

Translation? Part of the plan is to get Android running on devices, aka clients, that to date were considered PCs. You know, devices that look like laptops - and presumably computers powering big screens - that corporate America can gravitate to.
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And the multi-windowing part is interesting. Hes talking about something beyond the multi-windowing currently available on Android.

Ultimately, demand will determine how Android evolves. "The strategy is very simple: were going to support what the market desires," Skaugen said.

That likely means Android will be moving into territory that was once exclusive to Windows.

Can Intel turn Android into Windows?


24.11.2013
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