Intel completes Android 4.1 Jelly Bean port

Intel has a short and shaky history of putting its chips into smartphones, one that will hopefully go a bit farther into the future now that it has completely ported Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Intel has to go through this porting process because Android is traditionally made for ARM processors, which operate differently from Intel's. Before this port was complete, Intel devices were only capable of running either Android 2.3 or 4.0. While no one at Intel was willing to give a timetable on when current 4.0 devices will be updated to 4.1, we can hope that the process goes smoothly. Intel's "Medfield" Atom processors seem to be a pretty good option right now, but we'll see how they do in the future against the onslaught of great ARM chips out there.

We're already hearing rumors that the Motorola RAZR M will be coming to the UK with Intel inside. Motorola and Intel have also reminded us that they're taking us to the edge on September 18th. Guess we'll see what they have up their sleeves soon enough.

Source: PCWorld

Andrew was an Executive Editor, U.S. at Android Central between 2012 and 2020.

  • just a note, any natively compiled apps won't work on this. This is the case for most of the 3d games, some other games, and some other programs. Also, this includes apps like nes and snes emulators.
  • I thought Intel had an ARM-to-x86 translator that worked on most NDK apps?
  • And on other note MIPS image is out too.... kind of usless since there no MIPS emulator :p
  • I was at a park with my kids here in Oregon (note: Intel has a large facility here) and I got talking to another dad. Of course what we did for a living came up. Turns out he did testing of the Medfield line of chips at Intel. This guy seemed pretty certain that Intel is really setting itself up to be a mobile presence. Clearly I had to filter the bias of him being an Intel employee out but it really does sound like there will be some great hardware options. Though one thing he did say was along the lines "we aren't going to be making hardware for flagship devices, but the markets we are going after we should be pretty strong." Wasn't entirely sure what to make of that.
  • Intel is currently focusing alot on "emerging markets" like Brazil, Russia, India (I suppose) like they did with China last decade.
  • Nice to see Android working on more platforms.
  • So if you buy an intel based android device, when each new version of android comes out, the process will be: Step 1: wait for intel to port it to their chip
    Step 2: wait for the device manufacturer to make their mods to the ported version
    Possible Step 3: wait for the carrier to make their mods What could possibly go wrong?
  • Well Linux support x86, software on top just requires recompliling (C/C++ also been made to use same code on any hardware). Only thing that it might stop is kernel modifications in CPU portion of the code. Google is working to bring what they did to Linux kernel to mainline, so process might speed up over time