After taking a bite of Ice Cream Sandwich, Intel's
Chip King Kong continues to work with Google
An Intel spokeswoman told PCWorld that the pair is collaborating to "enable future versions of Android, including Jelly Bean, on [Intel's] family of low-power Atom processors."
The company did not disclose any particular timeframe on when official support would be unleashed. This echoes the treatment that 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is getting, as Intel had also previously said it was working to optimize that version of Android for Atom-powered smartphones.
So far, there have been three Atom-powered smartphones launched throughout the world, each targeting different geographical segments, none of which is the important domestic market: the Lava Xolo X900 in India, the Orange San Diego in Europe, and the Lenovo LePhone K800 in China. All three of these devices carry Medfield Atom chips and run Android 2.3 Gingerbread. They are supposed to receive software upgrades to 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich at some unspecified time in the future.
Intel has now taken bites of both Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean -- now it needs to spit something out for users.
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