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Intel releases a version of Android 4.2.2 for its x86 chips


Intel releases a version of Android 4.2.2 for its x86 chips

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March 14, 2013

Intel x86 for Android

Intel has released a version of Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean for its x86 processors. At the moment, it is an initial phase of the project and is only available to developers and that has the characteristics of being based on Linux 3.8 kernel and use only the UEFI boot, having discarded support for booting with BIOS or SYSLINUX. So you can dual boot on Windows 8 devices. This is a very important step in the immersion that the chip maker is doing on mobile devices in general and Android specifically.

As we said the code released is at a very early stage of development. It must be considered in pre-alpha phase, since many capabilities are not yet functional, such as Bluetooth. Either way, the material has been put available to the developer community in the Android Open Source Project, so now many more brains will be helping to improve the present. Intel has rated the firmware as buggy, that is, full of bugs and in no case highly optimized.

In spite of everything it is a good beginning. They have warned developers that the interface of the installer command line is still very rough but that work to improve it in the coming weeks. Meanwhile, the evolution of work can be seen in this link.

The dive that the American chip company is doing on Android already has a few milestones. We have a dozen smartphones with Intel Atom chips on the market with different versions of the Google operating system and a few more programmed and even a tablet with Jelly Bean in its version 4.1, the strange Asus FonePad.

The company's determination to gain a foothold in the mobile market is remarkable, although it is proportional to running the different versions of Google's operating system on x86 chips, since so far it has many more resources to run it on ARM chips.

Source: The Inquirer