GINGERBREAD, Android Froyo's expected successor, could be the first Google OS to run on an Intel Moorestown powered smartphone.
Intel is predicting that Moorestown, one of its current Atom processor variants, will be used for smartphone handsets in 2011 and Gingerbread is rumoured to be coming by the end of this year. Chipzilla has been working with Google to port its popular open source handset OS to x86 chipsets.
"[The Moorestown handset] is likely to have the latest version [of Android] shipping at that time," Pankaj Kedia, Intel's director of global ecosystem programmes next generation handhelds and smartphones, told The INQUIRER at Computex 2010.
A production ready full reference design phone using the Android 2.1 Eclaire version was demonstrated to The INQUIRER by Kedia and his staff. The ecosystems director emphasised the "much higher performance level" users would get with Android if the handset had a Moorestown chipset.
Intel detailed at the trade show its family of Atom variants with rural sounding names, designed for notebooks, tablets and phones. Kedia explained that the difference between the smartphone focused Moorestown processor and the tablet and notebook oriented system-on-a-chip Oak Trail is that the latter chip has a PCI bus.
During Computex Intel demonstrated a phone with the Linux based Android OS and a Windows environment emulator that users could play World of Warcraft on with the aid of a Blue Tooth keyboard. µ