Android 4.0 Runs on AMD Tablets
This January, the Android-x86 project, which is an open-source project to give Android support on the x86 platform, made available a test Android 4.0.1 (Ice Cream Sandwich) for AMD Brazos-powered tablet PCs. The result is a working, but rather imperfect, software. For instance, testers were able to do some scrolling and game-playing. Force closes, however, as well as freezes, were frequent.
This demo was shown at the CES where Android 4.0.1 Ice Cream Sandwich was spotted running on a the MSI WindPad 110W tablet. Said MSI WindPad tablet, which was originally running on Microsoft Windows, had been hacked to run the Android OS.
Meanwhile, there remains no official support for Android released by AMD. This means that there might be no AMD Android tablet, or at least a legitimate one, to hit the market soon. There is, however, speculation that AMD as well as MSI could bank on one running on Windows 8.
In any case, this collaborative developing by a community using Android’s source code is good news for AMD. The company can now merely wait for the necessary tweaks to be done for them and save money in the process. For consumers, this might mean less costly devices, too, as AMD is generally less inexpensive than Intel’s processors.