Intel Successfully Ports Android 4.1 Jelly Bean To Atom (Medfield) Devices


Looks like Intel has begun testing Android 4.1 Jelly Bean for use in smartphones using their Atom processors. Mike Bell, Intel’s vice president and general manager, mentioned during a developer conference today in San Francisco that he’s currently running the latest Android dessert on his own device, with a few other employees running it on their Medfield-powered smartphones as well.

When asked about a time frame current Intel devices would see an update to Jelly Bean — such as those manufactured by ZTE, Lenovo, etc. — he explained that it’s out of his hands saying, “We can’t put it on the phones. We have to give it to the carriers to put on the phones and they go through acceptance testing.”

Their single-core Atom processor is expected to be the subject of a Motorola press event taking place next week in London. Intel also has plans to introduce a dual-core version of their Medfield processor debuting in smartphones sometime early next year. Also due out in 2013 is Intel’s low-power Atom processor for high-end smartphones dubbed Merrifield that is manufactured using the 22nm process (current generation Medfields are using 32nm process). If that sounds snazzy to you, Intel’s plans stretch all the way to 2014 where they hope to release a processor using an abhorrently small 14nm process. Sweet, jeebus.

We’d love to see another silicon player enter into the semiconductor ring. Still, with ARM practically monopolizing the mobile processing market, we can’t help but wonder if it’s too little, too late.


Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. Ive heard about Medfield devices long enough, bring them to USA or CAN for purchase already. I want to buy.

  2. Are we gonna have the “intel inside” stickers on the screens? Aw, hell naw

    1. I was just thinking how cheesy the Intel inside logo would look on the startup screen, but wait… where will we put our aol online disc in to access the new information superhighway!

    2. I’ll post lol so you know I laughed.

  3. It is to late. They’ll have a presence but nothing like Arm.

    1. Anything can happen. Android can run on both hardware and the apps dont need to be re-coded (like the PowerPC to Intel switch for Apple) you could very easily see a quick flip if Intel really did start putting out a superior product.

      Phone manufacturers are going to go with whatever gives them the best value for money. If Intel gets to do what they map and start creating more powerful and less hungry chips than ARM I wouldn’t be shocked to see a big shift.

  4. Not too late… Competition means more options more innovations and lower prices!

  5. I’m interested to see what Intel can do with mobile processors. I enjoy their current line of PC CPUs a lot, maybe they can bring some of that innovation to the mobile platform.

  6. What is the advantage of using an Intel processor over other?

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