Linked by Jordan Spencer Cunningham on Mon 28th Jun 2010 23:01 UTC
Intel Intel has been working lately on "Atomising" the Android mobile OS in lieu of the upcoming Froyo (or 2.2) release so that it can be installed natively on x86 devices-- Atom-based netbooks in particular. Says Renee James, Senior VP for software and services at Intel: "Our expectation is that [native x86 Android] will be based on the Froyo release and will be available this summer to developers... [it] wasn't tremendously difficult, as we have a lot experience in Linux". The fun is supposed to arrive for developers this summer.
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RE[6]: Comment by Laurence
by Laurence on Tue 29th Jun 2010 21:40 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by Laurence"
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They aren't perfect, they have a major downside which is compatibility.

Even with netbooks you still run into issues with plug-ins, namely Flash.

But Flash is currently being ported which will make ARM a lot more appealing to OEMs.

Compatibility isn't that big of an issue with netbooks:
* Linux already runs on ARM
* There's already a plethora open source apps out there that can read 99.99% of office documents (many of which may already have been ported to ARM)
* There's already countless media player applications, both specifically for ARM and open source that can be ported.
* Websites mostly use open standards - and the iPhone / iPad don't have Flash either. so even that example of yours isn't entirely fair.

So, for what netbooks are used for, compatibility really isn't the issue.
But i agree that ARM isn't perfect, but then nothing in life is truly perfect ;)

The nice thing about ARM is that it is forcing Intel to keep their Atom line extremely low priced. You can get an Atom/motherboard combo for around $65.

Nice for consumers in the short term maybe. But in the long term Intel's pricing model is harmful as it's encouraging a monopoly.

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