Sure, Intel and Nokia are pushing the MeeGo Linux platform for smartphones as well as netbooks. But nobody said MeeGo is the only mobile OS you’ll be able to run on smartphones with Intel Atom Moorestown chips. Intel says it’s ported Google Android to run on the platform as well.
At the same time that ARM-based chips are starting to show up in smartbooks and other laptop-style devices, Intel is trying to crack the smartphone market. The Moorestown platform is based on a low power x86-based Intel Atom chip. But while Android was originally developed for ARM-based processors, the operating system is open source, making porting it to different platforms a relatively easy process.
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen someone build an x86 compatible version of the operating system. But now that Intel is involved, it’s likely that we could actually see handsets with Atom processors and the Android operating system in the future.
Intel says they’re also working on porting other mobile operating systems for Atom phones. Does that mean we could see Windows Mobile, WebOs, or Symbian on Atom phones? Beats me.
via Android Guys