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.
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.
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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)
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.
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Supporting Mike Bell's Claim
Intel powered smartphones available in the market are running Android:
- San Diego from Orange (available in UK and France)
- Lenovo K800 (available in china)
- Xolo X900 (available in India)
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.
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.
Mike Bell runs Intel's mobile group and he's convinced that Intel's Atom chips are better for Android than ARM's ubiquitous processors.