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Intel says it will run Google's Android on tablets

Intel, the world's largest chipmaker, has confirmed it will run tablets with Google's mobile operating system.

Chief executive Paul Otellini confirmed it had received the code for Honeycomb, Google's latest version of its mobile platform designed for tablets.

He also said that Intel chips will be in smartphones, where it has lagged behind rivals, in the next 12 months.

The company said on Tuesday that its first quarter earnings rose by 29% to $3.16bn (£1.95bn).

Mr Otellini said it was working with Google, Microsoft's Windows system and Nokia's MeeGo platform on tablets - a market dominated currently by Apple's iPad.

Shares in Intel gained more that 6% in after-hours trading.

'Outstanding results'

The company said strong spending by businesses on new computers helped the company overcome a serious product design error and supply chain disruption from Japan's earthquake and tsunami.

For the same period a year ago, Intel earned $2.44bn.

Revenue was $12.8bn, 25% higher than 2010's $10.3bn.

The company also gave an outline forecast for the current quarter for revenue equal to the first quarter's of $12.8bn.

In a statement, Mr Otellini, said: "These outstanding results, combined with our guidance for the second quarter, position us to achieve greater than 20% annual revenue growth."

The figures showed sales holding up strongly, despite fears that the growing popularity of smartphones and tablets will begin to eat into the computer chip business.

That business suffered a setback earlier this year when a fault was discovered leading to a recall.

Leading computer makers, including HP, Dell, Samsung and Lenovo had to halt sales of some machines in February because of problems with certain Intel chips.

BBC News

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