Initially Intel had informed that the Clover trail chip was optimized for Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 8, which is due for release late October. However, latest info from Intel says that they are now porting Android to Clover Trail chips. Hewlett-Packard, Acer and Lenovo have already announced Windows 8 tables based on Clover Trail while 20 other tablet designs are in development.
If Android is made available for Clover Trail chips, tablet manufacturers could bring tablets running on Android OS, or even offer dual-boot system with both Windows 8 and Android.
Intel and Microsoft have worked closely to optimize Clover Trail chips for Windows 8, the power management features on Windows 8 help extend battery life of the tablet device.
Few Clover Trail tablets have been shown running Windows 8 but there has been no glimpse of Clover Trail based Android tablets yet.
Intel had earlier announced plans to keep Android development to Atom based Medfield chips for smartphones and some tablets, while keeping Windows 8 dedicated to Clover Trail.
Motorola recently unveiled its RAZR i Smartphone which runs on the Intel Medfield chip. It seems that by bringing Android to Clover trail, Intel plans to grab as much shares as possible in the mobile device segment which is currently dominated by ARM.
Intel's initial discrimination against Android was surprising as the company signed a deal with Google earlier this year to work on Android, in addition Intel is also a lead sponsor of the Linux Foundation.