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Android 4.0 will support x86 chips

The first official confirmation made on the compatibility of the Ice Cream Sandwich with x86 chips from Intel

The Android platform from Google is mainly built on open source software which leads the OS to land on a wide range of devices. As we have seen most Android Tablets and Smartphones are shipped with ARM based processors, and others with MIPS chips or Intel processors.

But recently we have seen Android was optimized specifically for ARM processors. Some of the users commented on this new Android of showing some difficulties in running some Android applications while running it on a MIPS-based device. Even the Intel-powered devices running Android haven’t been fully optimized with power-saving features or hardware graphics resolutions.

But all these problems seem to have been removed with Google’s latest version of Android popularly known as the Ice Cream Sandwich. According to an Intel spokesman the Android 4.0 does include optimization for x86 chips from companies such as Intel.

Although both Intel and Google have earlier announced that they are going to release optimizations soon. But this was the first official confirmation that the Ice Cream Sandwich will be compatible with x86.

Interestingly, Intel is also busy making their first smartphone chip which is to be launched in 2012. It might be for the higher battery consumption of their chips than the ARM based chips.

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Pallab Jyotee Hazarika, 2011-11- 8 (Update: 2012-05-26)