Intel is working hard to port Google’s Android 3.0, aka Honeycomb, to the x86, chipmaker’s chief executive Paul Otellini announced.
Speaking to reporters and analysts during an earnings call this week, Otellini confirmed, “We have received the Android code, the Honeycomb version of Android source code, from Google, and we are actively doing the port on that.”
The port is projected to be paired with Intel’s newly announced "Oak Trail" line of SoCs. Otellini did not reveal details about when the new platform would be available, but said that products from manufacturers like Lenovo, Asus and Acer would appear sometime during the second half of this year.
The new confirmed previous rumors that the chipmaker is working with some netbook vendors to build tablets based on Intel’s chips.
When asked about the company’s plans regarding smartphone market, Otellini said he would be very disappointed in case he did not see Intel-based phones within the next twelve months.
Otellini added that Intel’s upcoming 32 nanometer Medfield processor would show up in smartphones before the end of the running year year.
While Intel is yet to show its worth in the mobile marketplace, its rival ARM rules the roost.