Featured: Atom Based Devices getting their Jellybean Fix, More Android for Intel

July 25, 2012 - Written By Rafael Martinez



We all know Intel and how they run the PC processor world, and most of us also know how they haven’t brought much Android input to their products until a few months ago. Things are about to change for the #1 pc processor.  With its first steps being on the slow side, they seem to be headed toward a confident and stable future with Android, at least that’s their plan.

Suzy Greenberg who is the spokesperson for Intel, had a brief conversation with the guys at PC World (See their article here) in which it was said that although there are not many Intel Android products, expect Jelly Bean updates very soon. Also according to Suzy Greenberg, “Intel continues to work closely with Google to enable future versions of Android, including Jelly Bean, on our family of low power Atom processors.” While the butter-smooth Jelly Bean update will come, a prerequisite is that it has to have ICS 4.0 which will make it difficult to fulfill a speedy update since some of the smart phones are still on Gingerbread (Android 2.3). Jelly Bean is expected to come featured on upcoming Motorola and Vizio devices using Intel’s Medfield Platform. But the next generation Atom chip (Clover Trail) will not be optimized for Android as Computer World explains, due to being Windows 8 ready.

Developers find an issue in the switch to Android from DuOS, because devices that are embedded are involved with proprietary designs that are not support Android software, natively. AMI (American MegaTrends) DuOS plans to solve this by working Android software right on top of Windows software as Henry Davis at Intel explains (full page):

“Set Top Box (STB), television, IVI, and other developers looking to add value to Intel Atomâ„¢ embedded systems are increasingly turning to Google* Android OS. In particular, they are leveraging end users’ familiarity with Android’s User Interface and its large volume of apps to give their products an edge. However, many developers face challenges making the transition to Android. For example, embedded devices often employ proprietary designs that do not natively support Android.”

Let’s see where this goes. There are factors to consider here that are not inline with time vs. the plans of Intel but they may have something up their sleeves.