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 Shows Off RealSense Camera for Smartphones
Intel made a slew of announcements recently, among them a new camera module for smartphones and new versions of its Atom mobile processor. Intel's RealSense 3D camera is meant to help solve complex problems based on what it can see, but it can also power things like gesture-based controls.