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Intel and Orange prepare Medfield-powered San Diego for the UK

Well UK readers, those of you desperately waiting for an Intel-powered smartphone (all six of you) won't have to wait much longer. Earlier today Intel and carrier Orange officially unveiled the long-awaited San Diego smartphone... in London. Someone get those guys an atlas. The San Diego is the retail-ready hardware based on concept designs known as the San Francisco and Santa Clara, with a 1.6Ghz single-core Atom (Medfield) processor inside.

Updated Chrome OS looks a lot like Windows

Let's step back from Android for a moment and take a look at Google's other OS. With no major updates since the Chromebooks launched last year, Chrome OS (the x86 self-contained Linux OS based on the desktop Chrome browser) is looking like the red-headed stepchild of the Google family. But it's finally getting some long-overdue love with the unveiling of a new "Aura" window manager and user interface. Those of you who use a certain Redmond product may notice a few... fleeting similarities.

Android SDK tool updated with native x86 emulator support

If you're an Android developer and/or a dedicated modder, you'll want to hear this. Google's Android dev team has just updated the official SDK tools to version 17, with a host of new goodies for developers to try out when creating new Android apps or builds. There's a lot of tweaks for performance and stability, but the major addition doesn't even come from Google: they've borrowed some code to make the Android emulator that comes with the tool package run natively on x86 systems.

Asus Eee PC netbook gets unofficial Ice Cream Sandwich

Around Android circles Asus is known for its Transformer series of tablets. But in the computer world, one of their most notable accomplishments of recent years is the Eee PC line, which basically invented the netbook segment and (formerly) lent its name to everything from all-in-one computers to tablets. Appropriately, the PC machines are now capable of running Android 4.0, or at least the Eee PC X101 is. The capability comes from the Android x86 project, which allows the open-source OS to run on hardware designed for desktop operating systems. The X101 is designed to run Intel and Nokia's Meego operating system, but is capable of  running pretty much any x86-based OS.

Android x86 adds Ethernet and VirtualBox support

There's been a lot of talk about desktop modes i Android this week, but many don't realize that you can install an experimental build of Android on your laptop or desktop computer right now. Android-x86 is a derivative of open-source Android that runs on standard Intel-compliant hardware, i.e. the vast majority of computers out there. The latest modified version from Android-Dev.ro adds two important features: Ethernet networking support (for small computers like the Atom-based "net-tops" that lack WiFi) and virtualization, so that eager users can try out Android in Virtual Box, VMware or similar programs.

Android 4.0 Open Source Project released for x86 processors

Google's source code for Android 4.0.1 (Ice Cream Sandwich) has now been released for x86 processors, Intel and AMD alike. It seems there are currently some very obvious compatibility bugs that don't play nicely with Intel chipsets. Sound, ethernet, hardware acceleration, and camera capabilities are currently incompatible. However, developers coding for AMD processors will find that sound, hardware acceleration and WiFi work perfectly fine.

Gingerbread for x86 released: Android 2.3 for your PC

Gingerbread may only be on one commercially available smartphone right now, but if you fancy Android 2.3 on your PC then there's already a suitable build. The Android-x86 project has managed to craft an early - but functional - Gingerbread release for Intel processors. Right now sound and WiFi work, but ethernet, 3D and mouse control are still works-in-progress. It's the handiwork of cwhuang, and you'll need a 64-bit build environment and Java 1.6. [via Twitter]
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