Intel is working with Google to port Android 4.1 Jelly Bean to devices running its Atom processors. Intel had launched Android smartphones like the Lava XOLO X900 and has already inked deals with other OEMs to launch smartphones on its processors. At the moment devices running on Atom processors codenamed Medfield are based on Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Also Read - Lava Xolo X1000 launched in India for Rs 19,999, Brings Intel’s 2GHz Medfield chip to the tableAlso Read - Intel powered smartphones to come for Rs 7,000
According to a ComputerWorld report, Intel will first release an Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update before Jelly Bean though the company has not specified any timeline. Intel has been a late entrant in the smartphone space after missing its first opportunity with Windows Mobile in the early 2000’s. Since then chipset vendors like Texas Instruments, Qualcomm, Samsung, Nvidia and others have dominated the space with their ARM architecture based solutions that generate less heat and consume lower power. Also Read - Motorola to announce Intel-powered smartphone on September 18
We are yet to see any new Intel Medfield running smartphones and tablets after the initial wave of devices like the XOLO X900, Orange Santa Clara and a couple of devices from Lenovo. Motorola had a multi-year, multi-device agreement with Intel but we are yet to see any fruits of that partnership. Recently Indian brand Karbonn Mobiles announced plans to launch Intel Medfield-based devices.