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Limitations of Intel processors on Android?

Are there any limitations (with apps, for example) when it comes to Intels processors on Android phones and tablets?

Most Useful Answer AhmadCentral  Jun. 13, 2013 at 00:02

Intel say that their processors can run ~95% of android apps.

So yes, there are some limitations. But they are very minimal at best. The fact is that phones with intel processor are very powerful and at the same time very cheap. So if you find a good deal with an intel powered phone i'd say go for it. All the main apps will work, it's just some niche apps which may not. So google any niche apps you have to see if it'll work.

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AhmadCentral  Jun. 13, 2013 at 00:02

Intel say that their processors can run ~95% of android apps.

So yes, there are some limitations. But they are very minimal at best. The fact is that phones with intel processor are very powerful and at the same time very cheap. So if you find a good deal with an intel powered phone i'd say go for it. All the main apps will work, it's just some niche apps which may not. So google any niche apps you have to see if it'll work.

matt101101 / MOD  Jun. 13, 2013 at 00:04

As Ahmad has already said, the only limitation is that some (read: not very many at all, but we can't not mention it) apps won't work.

Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but don't the Intel powered phones run apps in some kind of emulation layer (invisible to the user, of course)?

cowbutt  Jun. 13, 2013 at 12:30

As Ahmad has already said, the only limitation is that some (read: not very many at all, but we can't not mention it) apps won't work.

Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but don't the Intel powered phones run apps in some kind of emulation layer (invisible to the user, of course)?


No more than ARM-based Androids, AFAIK. Plenty of apps are written in Java and compiled to Dalvik bytecode which is then run in a JIT JVM. So those work on any Android device (or should do, anyway). But some performance-critical apps (e.g. games, real-time audio) use native code, programmed in C, or assembly, or whatever, and compiled to ARM machine code. Those apps won't work.

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