Intel has announced that it is in the process of porting Google’s latest version of its Android mobile OS- Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, so that it can run on tablets and smartphones powered by low-power Atom processors.
However, the company remained mum on when the Android 4.1 port would be ready, or when Jelly Bean would come to Atom devices.
As of now, the newest smartphones powered by Intel chips currently run on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, with their users waiting for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. However, no time frame has been provided for the ICS update.
In recent times, many companies have been launching Intel Inside smartphones running on Gingerbread, most notably, Orange and Lava International. Google-owned Motorola is planning to launch tablets and smartphones running on Intel chips with Gingerbread in the coming months.
Intel greatly supports Android, and primarily puts Google’s mobile OS on tablets and smartphones powered by its Atom Medfield chipsets. All Intel Inside smartphones run on Medfield chips, and recently there were some Medfield tablets announced.
Google had earlier stated that it was planning to make available an Android Platform Development Kit (PDK) to all hardware companies, in order to customize Android for a particular chipset or a device before its launch.