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Intel's Atom CPUs to support Gingerbread by 2012

updated 08:35 pm EDT, Mon September 12, 2011

Atom variant will follow Ice Cream Sandwich launch

Intel appears to be readying some of its Atom processors to run Android, however the feature will not arrive until early next year. Although developers have already achieved success with Google's mobile OS on Atom chips, including hardware that serves as the basis of Google TVs, such endeavors have yet to be met with official support from the chip maker.

In a promotional video for E600-series Atom processors, Intel notes that its official support will first accomodate Android 2.3 Gingerbread builds by 2012. It remains unclear if the support will extend to a wide range of Atom offerings, such as the Cedar Trail and Oaktrail chips.

Interestingly enough, Google TV devices may already be running Honeycomb by the time Intel backs the aging Gingerbread builds. Recent leaks suggest the Logitech is already testing Android 3.1 on the Atom-based Revue box, with a finalized version expected to be launched in the fall. [via Carrypad]

by MacNN Staff



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