Last fall AMD said it didn't see a need to make its new "Hondo" chip for tablets running the Android operating system and would focus on Windows 8 as well as Linux.
But now AMD looks ready to branch out. AMD Senior VP Lisa Su told PC World at Computex that while AMD is "very committed to Windows 8," the company also sees "a market for Android and Chrome developing as well."
There are few other details other than it does appear that the company is now working with developers on Android applications for AMD chips.
KDE Plasma Active is a community-based free software platform and team member Aaron Seigo, a key player behind the tablet, revealed the news in a personal blog yesterday.
Seigo said that the Spark will be brought to market under the ‘Make-Play-Live’ brand and will feature a 1GHz AMLogic ARM processor, Mali-400 CPU, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage and an SD card slot. The slate has been designed with a 7-inch capacitive multi-touch screen and will also feature WiFi connectivity.
The tablet is backed by open source software and the Plasma Active UI is said to be based on Mer, the community-driven fork of the Linux-based MeeGo operating system. The [...]
Forbes reports that, after integration is complete, Tizen will support mobile applications written with Bada’s software development kit (SDK), with this support extending to offer backwards compatibility for previously developed Bada apps. The news source adds that Bada and Tizen developers will be given the same SDKs and APIs to work with.
Both operating systems are Linux-based, but are on the fringes of the mobile market at present. Samsung’s Bada has primarily been used on a small pool of smartphones for the European market (market researchers say it represents 2% of the worldwide smartphone market), while the Intel-backed Tizen also features on a limited [...]