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Can I install Android on my non-Android device?

I am going to buy a new computer in the next 3-4 months and I am thinking about getting a high quality 13.1 inch Windows 8 Ultrabook. I am going to dual boot both Windows8 (for work stuff) and Ubuntu (so I can have something that will actually work). I am looking into getting one of the new touch screen enabled ultra books with folding down displays to form a tablet as well. I was wondering if I could also boot Android 4 or if Android was limited to ARM devices.

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Until the devices are actually released, I don't think that we can do anything but speculate. If you're planning your purchase based on Android alone then you'll probably be best served waiting it out. In the meantime, the two duplicates provide a good collection of information regarding how Android can be installed on non-Android devices (ARM or x86). –  eldarerathis Jul 22 '12 at 22:49

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Answering your Question

According to Mike Bell that runs Intel's mobile group:

Windows 8 on tablets, Android on smartphones. Right now, I have as many people working on Windows 8 tablets as I have on Android phones. If someone came to us with a compelling business case for x86 Windows Phone 8, we’d go work with Microsoft. But the way for us to succeed is to focus — through close collaboration with Google on Android, and Microsoft on Windows 8.

Read the entire interview at:

Simply put, you can have Android on the yet to come Cove Point, but it will have a poor performance compared to Windows 8. (see why bellow)


Elaborating this

Intel performed tests with the Android operating System, and concluded that it has a poor implementation of threading technology. According to Bell, Android's thread scheduler simply isn't ready for multicore processors.

Bell told The Inquirer that even the latest version of Android, 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) suffers from problems with threading scheduling that limits the benefits dual core ARM processors bring to Android phones. Intel uses a competing technology, Atom, in its mobile processor.

Read the entire article at:


Supporting Mike Bell's Claim

  1. Smartphones

    Intel powered smartphones available in the market are running Android:

    One can keep track of this from at Smartphones with Intel Inside webpage.

    Quoting from the Intel page:

    A powerful phone meets a powerful OS

    Smartphones with Intel Inside® run on the Android OS, giving you access to hundreds of thousands of apps available to download in the Android Market.

  2. Tablets

    Microsoft launched the Windows 8 Consumer preview, and Intel decided to show off their new Cove Point with it at IDF 2012 in Beijing:

    There's no confirmed Intel Cove Point price or release date. What's confirmed is that it will reach the market with Windows 8 already installed natively on the system, thanks to the special x86 architecture used.


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Claims by Intel that Android doesn't play nice with multi-core ARM processors seem like they should be taken with a massive grain of salt, as they are attempting to compete directly with ARM. Do you have any links to sources that corroborate this claim? Has Intel published any research or studies? Have they explained why Android OEMs continue to use multi-core processors in spite of this? –  eldarerathis Jul 22 '12 at 22:46
    
@eldarerathis At the top part of my answer: "Simply put, you can have Android on the yet to come Cove Point, but it will have a poor performance compared to Windows 8.". –  Zuul Jul 23 '12 at 0:55
    
@eldarerathis I too believe that may have been words of war, but a simple Google search shows this claim everywhere. –  Zuul Jul 23 '12 at 0:56
    
@eldarerathis About the extensive answer, since we're talking about a device yet to come, with a still rather unclear future, I've opted to provide some clarification on what the GM of Intel's Mobile division is saying, as to clarify future readers that Intel does use Android, but on matters regarding tablets, they are looking towards Win8. –  Zuul Jul 23 '12 at 1:03
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I don't get the "Supporting Mike Bell's Claim" section. What is it exactly that supports it? –  Richard Borcsik Jul 23 '12 at 6:42