Intel isn’t actively porting Android to work on Clover Trail-based tablets, their upcoming Atom chip, reports ComputerWorld. The Clover Trail chip is apparently purpose built for Microsoft’s Windows 8, according to a source familiar with the company’s plans. Intel’s upcoming Atom Z2760 chips are code-named Clover Trail.
Tablets using Clover Trail will launch about the same time as ARM-based Windows RT tablets. They will both coincide with the release of Microsoft’s Windows 8 and Windows RT, perhaps in September or October. Intel has said 20 Clover Trail tablet designs are in the works. Clover Trail tablets would come with 10- or 11-inch screens, would be less than 9 mm thick, and run full Windows 8, according to Intel.
Windows RT tablets use ARM processors, but full Windows 8 will run on Atom chips. Microsoft showed off the Windows 8 RT running on NVIDIA’s Tegra 3, Qualcomm’s Krait based Snapdragon, TI’s OMAP 4470 and Intel’s Clover Trail, but only Intel’s Clover Trail will offer a full Windows Desktop experience.
Another Intel Atom chip, Medfield, uses single-core architecture, and has been shown running Android on phones. The Medfield chip is currently being used in smartphones from Lenovo, Lava International and Orange. Vizio is expected to use the chip in an upcoming tablet with a 10-inch screen, which is also expected to have the Android OS.
Intel is keeping its OS options open for mobile devices, says ComputerWorld. The chip maker has said it would evaluate Windows Phone OS for smartphones, and is actively supporting Tizen OS, which is being developed in collaboration with Samsung and other companies.