CHIPMAKER Intel has produced an early release of its Android 4.2.2 source code for x86 processors.
Intel's push into the Android smartphone market is set to gain pace this year after a stuttering start in 2012, and a vital component for its potential success is the latest version of Android. The firm has released an early version of Android 4.2.2 for developers delivering a number of changes including Linux 3.8.0 and UEFA boot support.
Intel does substantial work on Android to enable the mobile operating system to take advantage of its Atom processor and, like Google, it releases distributions under the Android Open Source Project (AOSP). The firm said its Android 4.2.2 release does not even meet its alpha release requirements, adding that it is "buggy and not highly optimised".
Intel said that with Android 4.2.2, Android on Intel chips will only boot under UEFI mode and it told developers that it does not support dual booting with legacy BIOS installations, though it will allow dual-boot on devices running Windows 8. The firm said that the command line interface for the installer is "pretty crude", but also said it will be improved within the coming weeks.
While Intel has released a version of Android 4.2.2 for its chips, it should be noted that this is not an update for those running Intel smartphones. The firm's release notes should serve as evidence of the amount of heavy lifting required to get Android to run on x86 chips, as the vast majority of Android devices use ARM based chips.
Intel did not provide an estimate of when Android 4.2.2 will reach production release status for x86 chips. µ