Via sticks Android 2.2 on x86 -

Via has worked out how to stick Android 2.2 on an Em-ITX single board x86 PC.

The setup effectively runs Android on a 1.2GHz dual-core Nano X2 E processor with shedloads of Fringe benefits.

Via claims that you get increased I/O, performance, and cost-saving advantages which makes the set up good for embedded applications.

According to Linux for Devices,  while it had been expected that people would start looking at porting Android to x86, it was surprising that Via was the first to get something done.

It released a YouTube demo of Android 2.2 running on its recently announced EITX-3002 SBC, and announced that Android support will be offered on other Via boards from now on.

The video shows Android 2.2 running on the platform using a touchscreen monitor driven by the EITX-3002. It can even manage HD video playback.

Via ran a Nano X2 E CPU, but the board should be able to run the lower-power Eden X2, which runs on even lower-power.

Via said that putting Android on x86 gives advantages to developers trying to adapt the operating system for kiosks, digital signage, or in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) environments.

In the case of the EITX-3002, these are said to include richer I/O flexibility, lower cost, greater CPU performance, and higher display resolutions of up to 1920 x 1080 pixels.

Something that ARM does better is power-efficiency which is a fairly big plus.