Intel is pushing its low power Atom processor line for Android-powered devices at the Intel Developer Forum in Beijing this week. The company delivered a presentation called “Developing and Optimizing Android for Intel Atom Processor-based Mobile Devices.”
There aren’t a lot of surprises in the presentation, but Intel has been working with Google to optimize Android to run on x86 hardware for the past year or two. The latest Android emulator for Windows, Mac, and Linux allows developers to emulate an x86 processor while testing apps.
Intel points out that most Android apps can already run on Atom hardware without any modifications, but there are also tools available to port apps written in “native code” so they can also support x86 architecture.
Most importantly, Intel’s latest chips offer performance that’s on par with the fastest ARM-based processors, while consuming far less power than early Atom processors. This makes them viable choices for smartphones and tablets that don’t have space for enormous batteries.