Today is the first day of Intel’s Developer Forum in San Francisco, which goes until Thursday. The IDF is a gathering of technologists to discuss Intel products and products based around Intel products. While most of the news coming out of the Forum had been surrounding Windows 8, Google’s Andy Rubin was also on hand to discuss Android. Rubin had some interesting news regarding the future of Android and the hardware it will run on. Both Intel and Google have confirmed that they are looking into Android running on Intel’s low-power Atom processor line.

“Combining Android with Intel’s low power smartphone roadmap opens up more opportunity for innovation and choice,” said Andy Rubin, Senior Vice President of Mobile at Google. “This collaboration will drive the Android ecosystem forward.”

Additionally, Intel teased prototypes of both an Android tablet and phone running on the Medfield chip. The tech giant promised that we’d see phones running on Intel chips in “early 2012″. The full press release and video can be found after the break.

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Intel and Google to Optimize Android Platform for Intel® Architecture

Santa Clara and Mountain View, Calif., Sept. 13, 2011 – Intel Corporation and Google Inc. today announced that they will work to enable and optimize future versions of Android™ for Intel’s family of low power Atom™ processors. This means that future versions of the Android platform will support Intel technology in addition to other architectures.

The joint effort is designed to speed time-to-market of Intel technology-based smartphones running the Android platform. Intel will take advantage of the open-source accessibility of the Android platform to provide its customers with technology products that inspire continued innovation and also help enable powerful personal computing experiences that fully leverage Intel technology across a range of devices. This work will enable mobile device OEMs and wireless operators to draw upon the performance and low power capabilities of Intel® architecture and tap into the scale of the x86 developer ecosystem to further drive the adoption of the Android platform.

“By optimizing the Android platform for Intel architecture, we bring a powerful new capability to market that will accelerate more industry adoption and choice, and bring exciting new products to market that harness the combined potential of Intel technology and the Android platform,” said Intel President and CEO Paul Otellini.”Together we are accelerating Intel architecture and bringing new levels of innovation to a maturing Android platform.”

“Combining Android with Intel’s low power smartphone roadmap opens up more opportunity for innovation and choice,” said Andy Rubin, Senior Vice President of Mobile at Google. “This collaboration will drive the Android ecosystem forward.”

Today’s announcement builds upon the two companies’ recent joint initiatives to enable Intel architecture on Google products, which include Chrome OS and Google TV along with the Android Software Development Kit (SDK) and Native Development Kit (NDK).

About Google Inc.
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About Intel
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