Intel, Google revamping Android 4.1 for Atom powered devices

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by CBR Staff Writer| 26 July 2012

The company didn’t reveal a time frame for the plans

Intel has confirmed that it will be working with Google on porting the Android 4.1 operating system, known as Jelly Bean, to work on smartphones and tablets using low-power Atom processors.

The company did not provide a time frame about when the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean port would be realised, though it is expected to be complete in the next few months.

Intel spokeswoman Suzy Greenberg said, "Intel continues to work closely with Google to enable future versions of Android, including Jelly Bean, on our family of low power Atom processors."

Intel is continuing to make a push in the smartphone and tablet space, where currently ARM has a huge lead.

While ARM based products are already powered by the latest Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, for now, Intel is trying to catch-up in market.
In order to move ahead with plans to break into this segment, Intel engaged manufacturers including Lava International, Orange and Lenovo for Intel powered smartphones running Android.

In June, Orange unveiled its Intel based smartphone in UK while Lava's Intel powered handset, the Xolo, was released in April.

The company then announced that at the moment the smartphones will run on Android 2.3 Gingerbread which will be later upgraded to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich platform.

Google owned Motorola Mobility is also slated to launch smartphone and tablets powered with Intel Android operating system later this year.

Google recently launched tablet, the Nexus 7, became the first tablet to get Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, and was based on ARM architecture.

Besides, Intel is also working on an updated Atom chip, called Clover Trail, but the platform will be powering Microsoft's upcoming operating system Windows 8 and not Android smartphones and tablets.

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