Intel, Amazon developing around Android

by Kristen Nicole

Rubin boasts of Android’s growth

“There are 300,000 Android phones activated each day,” Android lead developer Andy Rubin tweeted late last night. The number is astounding, but a testimony to the rising popularity of Android devices. The Google (GOOG) VP of Engineering has been keeping Android fans happy with news of upcoming OS updates, which will power new tablets and reinforce prospects around mobile gaming and entertainment.

Mobile chips and SDKs

Intel (INTC) is even getting in on the fun, announcing its plans for distributing its mobile chips in Android tablets as early as next year. A number of manufacturers and other partners are already on board, reports Slashgear, including Cisco (CSCO), ASUS, AT&T (T), Lenovo (0992.HK) and Avaya. The range of supporters means we’re likely to see a high number of tablets being activated on a daily basis within the year.

While Intel’s pushing mobile chips for Android devices, Amazon (AMZN) is pushing cloud services. The retailer announced its software developer kit (SDK) for Android yesterday, offering tools for building around Amazon Web Services. Applications can be written around uploaded media to Amazon S3, or distributed through CloudFront. Amazon also suggests social game developers use the beta SDK for sharing high scores and other data stored in the cloud.

Custom app theme exchange

Twidroyd is looking to foster more exchange amongst users, with a new feature called Twidroyd Factory. It’s a customization tool for creating and sharing Twidroyd themes, which can then be applied to the popular Twitter app. This is all part of Twidroyd’s efforts to add more personalization tools to its Android app, extending some of the skins it has included in recent updates.