Intel Running Android on Atom Chips
According to an Intel executive quoted on PCWorld, Intel has ported Google's Android phone operating system to smartphones running the Intel Atom processor.
Considering the consumer interest around Android right now, this appears to be a sound strategy to help Intel push the Atom chip into more smartphones - a good thing for consumers, as there needs to be some competition in a market currently dominated by a single player, Arm Holdings.
While Google originally wrote Android to work on RISC-based processors, like those made by Arm, because it is open source, manufacturers are able to tweak the code to run on other chips, as Intel has done for the x86-based Atom. MIPS Technologies has also been successful building ports of Android for the chips it manufactures with MIPS architecture.
Intel has provided no specific information about what manufactures will be releasing smartphones with the Atom/Android combination, nor have they set a timetable.