Qualcomm gives thumbs up for Android apps on x86
Android running on Intel chips is a topic of growing importance, and it was interesting to read this story on The Inquirer. It has been interviewing Sy Choudhury, director of product management at Qualcomm and he has been talking about Android app compatibility for running on x86 processors. It’s all in the context of the recent release of the Intel Medfield-based RAZR i phone and the full availability of apps on the non-ARM processor…
He talks about the company’s experience of porting its Vellamo mobile benchmark code onto Android on x86. A trivial matter apparently (he goes through the standard steps involved), and that’s good news for Intel which might face a battle for hearts and minds in getting developers to create Intel versions of apps.
Lawrence Latif writes:
Intel won’t officially say the exact number or percentage of apps on Google Play that are supported on Medfield Atom smartphones but a person familiar with the matter at Chipzilla told The INQUIRER that the figure is somewhere between the 90 and 95 percent mark, but that the firm would never publicly divulge the exact figure. Given that Qualcomm, one of the largest ARM vendors around, says it is trivial to build Android x86 binaries, that would suggest that Intel shouldn’t have to worry too much about compatibility problems for the vast majority of apps.