Intel port Android to Atom in attempt to undercut ARM

Intel's mobile plans aren't limited to MeeGo at IDF 2010 this week; the company is also looking to take a big bite out of ARM's market share when it comes to Android-based hardware.  The company has confirmed that they've ported Android to x68 hardware – including Atom-based smartphones – and that manufacturers have expressed interest in using the new system.

The move follows Acer's own project putting Android on an Atom based Eee PC, for which the company had to do their own development work to get the Google OS running on Intel silicon.  Dell have also been experimenting with Android, but are yet to release any netbook products preloaded with it.

According to Renee James, general manager of Intel's software and services group, the company is actually "enabling all OSes for Atom phones" rather than just Android.  Currently ARM processors are found in the majority of the chipsets used for Android devices, both smartphones and smartbooks such as Lenovo's Skylight.

[via Android Community]