When Intel announced its new Oak Trail platform for tablets last week, the company mentioned support for both Windows and a "variety of operating systems." Now, we know those other OSes will include Android 3.0—Intel CEO Paul Otellini said so himself during his company's earnings conference call, according to The Register.
Adapting Android 3.0 to the x86 architecture is being done not by Google, interestingly enough, but by Intel itself. El Reg quotes Otellini as saying, "We've received the Android code – the Honeycomb version of Android source code – from Google, and we're actively doing the port on that." The chipmaker is apparently working fast, too, because Otellini said he expects to "be able to ramp those [Honeycomb-based] machines over the course of this year for a number of customers"
Ars Technica's Jon Stokes, who also reported on the call, adds that Otellini has promised that Oak Trail-based systems from Acer, Asus, and Lenovo will debut this year. It's not clear which or how many of those will be Android 3.0-based, but since word is going around that Intel will subsidize Oak Trail tablets, hardware makers should certainly have an incentive to explore different options. I wouldn't be surprised to see Asus introduce Windows- and Android-based Oak Trail devices.