For a couple of years now, efforts to usher in devices that can run both Microsoft’s Windows platform and Android have been in the works. We’ve written about BlueStacks Player, which runs a virtualized instance of Android that can be used alongside Windows. And we’ve covered Hybrid PCs, which run both operating systems.Now, this trend is set to pick up momentum, as Intel warms up to Android, and puts in place plans to produce chips and platform technology for new generation Android tablets.
Many people think of Intel as permanently married to Microsoft and its operating systems, but Intel has actually become a big player on everything from Apple devices to Windows/Android hybrid computers. Computerworld has quoted Intel CEO Brian Krzanich as saying that its processors will be used in 40 million tablets this year, and 80% to 90% of those will be running Google’s Android OS. “Our mix of OSes reflects pretty much what you see in the marketplace,” Krzanich said on Intel’s earnings call.