First Build of Android 4 for Intel x86 Chips Released
Developers at the Android-x86 Project have released a version of Android 4.0.1 that will run on devices that use Intel's x86 architecture. According to the developers, features such as Wi-fi, multitouch, and OpenGL ES Hardware acceleration for AMD Radeon chipsets functions properly. However, sound, camera, and ethernet support aren't yet included. Google and Intel in September committed to supporting Android on Intel's Atom processors, in addition to ARM. Google and Intel believe that this will help smartphone manufacturers and wireless network operators take advantage of Intel's strengths and the x86 developer ecosystem to realize economies of scale and reduce the time it takes to get certain products to market. The Android-x86 Project has already released x86 versions of Android for systems 2.2, 2.3, and 3.2.
Tag Heuer, Intel Partner On Second Android Watch
Tag Heuer and Intel today announced the Modular 45, an Android-powered smartwatch run by an Intel processor. As the name implies, the wearable is highly configurable thanks to easy-to-swap modules, horns, bracelets, buckles, and dials.
Android Things Earns Second Dev Preview from Google
Google has released a second developer preview of its Google Things IoT platform. Android Things lets developers create smart and connected devices using existing Android APIs and Google services.
Google Updates Android Wear SDK
Google today released a new version of the Android Wear SDK for developers. The SDK boosts the API level from 22 to level 23, which introduces the new runtime permissions required in Android 6.0 Marshmallow and up.
Intel Cancels Several Phone Chips
Intel said it will discontinue a handful of processors meant for smartphones and tablets as it continues to shift its business toward more profitable products. In particular, Intel has cancelled plans to sell three of its SoFIA processor-baseband combination chips.
Intel to Allow ARM Chip Builders to Use Its Foundry
Intel today said companies that design and build ARM-based processors will for the first time be able to use Intel's manufacturing facilities to make them. Intel will allow its Intel Custom Foundry customers to use its 10nm FinFET process for ARM cores and Cortex series processors.