There have been rumors for sometime now that chipset manufacturer Intel has been looking to get into the Android tablet market, and it turns out those rumors are indeed true. Intel President and CEO Paul Otellini stated that they have received the Honeycomb source code from Google and are actively working on porting it now, with hopes of making several Honeycomb-based tablets available this year.

The current lineup of top-notch Android tablets is fairly cookie-cutter in spec, so it's nice to see that a new platform is coming along to mix things up.

This doesn't just bring good news for tablets, either - Intel is planning to support phones as well. Otellini said that he would be "disappointed if we didn't see Intel-based phones for sale 12 months from now." He went on to say that "[they] are actively working with a large number of handset manufacturers and carriers around the world on Medfield-based designs."

So, what say you? Are you excited about Intel providing chips for Android devices?

Source: The Register

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  • http://www.ericcamil.com Eric

    Intel chips have been terrific in my laptops and desktops since I was a kid accessing DOS. I'd love to see them release tablets using honeycomb.
    The more options and tablet designs that we can choose from as consumers will only keep the prices coming down, and the hardware and technology getting better.
    I'm just wondering now when AMD is going to jump on the tablet wagon.

  • Bluevoodo

    How far are we from dual booting android and windows on a tablet or a convertible like the asus transformer? And I mean android 3.0 and windows 7 on 1 device.

    • KC

      Not far. I understand GigaByte is releasing their dual-bootable Win7/8/HoneyComb device soon.

      • Mark

        That's the only thing holding me off from buying a table. If I am going to carry with me a somewhat big 10'' device, I want it to be truly universal and be able to do virtually anything I would on my PC and phone (OK, slower than a PC, but still doable). Otherwise, a phone is enough.

  • ac

    It's good, except it brings more fragmentation. Given that there's no Flash or Firefox4 for ARM v6, what will the situation be like when yet another architecture becomes available?

    • Dave

      Well, I think Adobe is really going to need to start looking into making Flash more modular perhaps. In a way that porting to different architectures isn't as difficult as it currently is. Look at the largest single platform for Flash - the PC - and they still haven't gotten an x64 implementation "completed". (beta)

      This is a major issue! However, reliance on Flash is negative in many cases. For video streaming their are more traditional technologies that would be more easily supported (such as standard video codecs).. however, good old DRM is the biggest issue. Darn DRM.