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Intel Confirms Plans to Support Android OS for Tablets

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Intel has confirmed that it will develop chips that support the Android OS for tablets and will start shipping chips for use in smartphones within the next 12 months.

Intel CEO, Paul Otellini confirmed that the company has received the source code from Google for the Honeycomb release of the Andoid OS, which is optimised for use on tablet devices. Google had­ been holding back on releasing the source code except for selected handset manufacturers.

Mr Otellini said the company was working with Google, Microsoft's Windows and still developing the MeeGo platform which it was working with Nokia on before it dropped the project in favour of the alliance with Microsoft.

The company made the announcement about the Android OS during the release of its financial results, where it reported a 29% rise in first-quarter profits to USD3.16 billion, whilr erevnues rose by 25% to USD12.8 billion.

The company said strong spending by businesses on new computers helped the company overcome a serious product design error and supply chain disruption from Japan's recent earthquake.

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