In a strategic partnership that will apparently optimize Android smartphone software for use on Intel's technology, Santa Clara, California-based chip-maker Intel has teamed up with Google Inc.
Talking about the Intel-Google partnership, which will help Intel fine-tune Android for its chips, Google’s Senior VP Andy Rubin said - during a presentation by Intel’s CEO Paul Otellini in San Francisco - that his company will customize all its Android OS versions in such a way that they run well on the Intel technology.
The partnership with Google is a turnaround of sorts for Intel, as the chip-maker’s phone efforts had, in the past, been focused heavily on Nokia till that company dramatically changed over to the Microsoft Windows phone platform.
With the Intel-Google partnership implying that Intel-based tablets and smartphones will be targeted at Google's Android OS, it is evident that Intel's own MeeGo OS will be consigned mostly to automotive and industrial applications and will no longer be deemed a promising operating system for consumer devices.
According to CNET, Mike Bell - co-general manager of the phone division – said about the Intel-Google partnership that the reaffirmation of the association is primarily about “optimizing Intel for the Android platform for phone and for tablets.”
Bell further added that the partnership between the two companies will essentially prompt device makers to “go out and build a device with the full blessing and backing of Intel and Google.”