Google makes Ice Cream Sandwich compatible with Intel, AMD processors

Android-intelIf you're not a fan of Samsung, NVIDIA Tegra, or Qualcomm Snapdragon processors, but you're a huge proponent of Google's Android mobile operating system, then I've got some great news for you: you aren't gonna be tied down to those companies' silicon anymore. 

Google today released the x86-compatible Ice Cream Sandwich code. The new download comes after the ARM-based version was already available, but it proves that Google is willing to open up its platform even more than it already is. 

In my opinion, being able to run Android on Intel or AMD processors should prove to have a huge impact on the enterprise market. Software could be slightly altered to run on Android and I honestly think Android could start taking over Microsoft's position as the leader in enterprise software.

Of course, there's probably going to be a nasty side effect to having an even larger array of hardware on which Android can run: fragmentation. Developers will write their apps for one architecture or the other; I doubt there will be many who decide to write their apps for both. 

Still, I'm excited to see what comes out of this. I could see some awesome hardware coming out of this announcement. Just think: Android running off of AMD's Fusion! 

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Calob Horton

Calob Horton is an associate editor at Pocketables. He loves all technology, no matter which company it comes from. This unbiased view of the tech world allows him to choose the products that best fit his personal needs and tastes: a Microsoft Surface Pro, a Samsung Galaxy Note 3, and a third-gen iPad.Google+ | Twitter | More posts by Calob | Subscribe to Calob's posts