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Thursday, 01 December 2011 11:55

Finally, x86 gets a taste of Ice Cream Sandwich

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Google releases Android 4.0.1 source code


Google has proudly released an x86 version of the Android 4.0.1 source code, bringing the dream of x86-based Android devices a step closer.

It will take months, if not more, for actual products to materialize, so don’t expect Intel or AMD Android tablets anytime soon. At this point functionality seems rather limited, but this is to be expected from the first version. The source code is stable and it offers some basic features, but hardware acceleration for AMD chips is already on board.

However, lack of a proper lightweight OS is hardly the main reason why we don’t see too many x86 tablets in shops. Neither Intel nor AMD have processors capable of coming close to ARM-based chips in terms of power efficiency. This is slowly starting to change, and both companies are developing dedicated x86 tablet chips with power consumption in the low single digits.

Bear in mind that these chips won’t be limited to Android tablets once they come out, since Windows 8 could be the OS of choice for many manufacturers and consumers who crave more compatibility with desktop applications.

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0 #1 Exodite 2011-12-01 12:27
I can't help but be amused, and a bit sad, when Android is considered a 'lightweight' OS.
 
 
0 #2 MortenA 2011-12-01 13:43
Cool headline, - yea probably most far out name an OS ever had.
From articles read i believe windows 8 not to be targeted at desktop pc - and I am not part of those people who never use the windows startmenu so i dont think an upgrade is vital to me, - why would i want a touchscreen OS when keyboard and mouse is my preferable navigation tools.
I think Apple finally got their welldeserved succes developing Iphone that they didnt get in the past, - microsoft is desperate since they havent been able to copy the succes, - funny that Google - the searchengine company - today is the worthy competitor to iOS. Ice cream sandwich sound more fun than iOS, - honestly i dont know much of either, - I only recently got an Android smartphone.
 
 
+1 #3 eddman 2011-12-01 15:18
Android has been running on x86 already. Google TV devices run on intel chips.
 
 
+2 #4 Bl0bb3r 2011-12-01 15:42
Quoting eddman:
Android has been running on x86 already. Google TV devices run on intel chips.



Yeah, but not publicly.
 
 
0 #5 jeffkro 2011-12-01 17:10
I don't see the need for this one at all. Win 8 tablets will be x86 or arm, but why will we want an x86/android tablet? Seems to me things are headed in the other direction with arm moving into low spec'd computers(netto ps, netbooks, all in ones).
 
 
0 #6 cllund79 2011-12-02 06:45
With some work, I got it running on my acer w500 tab today and it runs smoother than I've ever seen android run. It is beating my buddy's tegra2 tab handily on benches and more intense games. But I don't know how much of that is because of ICS.
 
 
0 #7 youserzero 2011-12-02 14:35
Quoting cllund79:
With some work, I got it running on my acer w500 tab today and it runs smoother than I've ever seen android run. It is beating my buddy's tegra2 tab handily on benches and more intense games. But I don't know how much of that is because of ICS.


How much space does it take up after install?
 

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