Intel isn't exactly used to playing second fiddle to other chip makers, but in the smartphone market, ARM pretty much reigns supreme. That might be starting to change.
The Santa Clara chip maker today announced it has ported Google's Android mobile OS platform to run on its Atom processor series. Intel claims customers have been asking for this, and the company has plans to extend its Atom architecture beyond Android.
"Intel is enabling all OSes for Atom phones," said Renee James, general manger of Intel's software and services group.
The move will certainly have an interesting impact in the mobile world, as Intel would be going up against some capable ARM-based platforms, including Nvidia's Tegra chipset and Qualcomm's Snapdragon processor.