Intel finishes Android 4.1 Jelly Bean port for x86 phones

By on September 13, 2012, 6:00 PM

The latest version of Android is now compatible with Intel-based handsets -- if you can find one, that is. The Santa Clara chip giant is just getting started in the smartphone market, with devices available from select carriers in India, France, the UK and China. Nevertheless getting Android 4.1 “Jelly Bean” support is a notable feat considering very few smartphones have been updated to or launched with this version.

Intel has yet to confirm when the update will roll out to the few Intel handsets on the market. Currently, most of these devices are running Android 2.3 Gingerbread, which was released in December 2010 and is still the most widely used version of the mobile OS, and are powered by a 1.6GHz Atom Z2460 (Medfield) processor.

It’s possible we’ll see the x86-friendly version of Jelly Bean pre-loaded on Motorola’s RAZR M smartphone, expected to launch in London next week, but neither company has made any announcements yet.

Moving forward Intel has a dual-core Medfield chip coming out later this year and phones based on the chip will be out early next year. Some Android apps may not play well with x86 chips unless they’re ported to run on Intel devices, but Intel promises 90% of the time apps will be compatible.

Intel has has been synonymous with the PC industry for years but so far is struggling to break into the mobile segment while ARM licensees like Qualcomm and Nvidia have taken all the glory. It's still too early to tell if their efforts will gain any traction in the short and mid-term but if anyone is capable of pulling it off, it’s likely Intel.

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Darth Shiv Darth Shiv said:

Hmm this seems to be a popular topic. Intel now have to prove x86 is a worthy competitor judging by the apparent lack of interest!

Uvindu said:

If it is x86 based, then can't it be cracked to run Windows, at least theoretically?

Guest said:

Maybe it can run any of the windows xp/vista/7 "performance editions", courtesy of the friendly neighborhood pirates.

9Nails, TechSpot Paladin, said:

How well did the Orange San Diego (Android 2.3) stack up against a Qualcomm chipped phone? We never got to see on stateside.

Cory Roberts Cory Roberts said:

I'll be willing to bet that Intel is using heavily sources from the android-x86 project.

They contributed to the project for the first time in July of this year.

Jibberish18 said:

I wonder what the benchmarks will look like? The hardware in the first Intel based phones seemed to do fantastic and that was running on crappy Gingerbread.

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