Intel’s Medfield processors are now powering Android 4.1 smartphones.
According to a PC Advisor report, Intel has successfully ported Android 4.1 Jelly Bean to smartphones powered by the company’s Medfield processor. In fact, many Intel employees, including the company’s vice president and mobile computing group general manager, are running 4.1 on their own Atom powered smartphones.
Currently Intel’s Medfield processor is used in smartphones made by ZTE, Orange, Lava international, Lenovo and Megafon overseas; however, Google-owned-Motorola is expected to announce an Intel smartphone in London next week.
Manufacturers have been reluctant to adopt Intel processors in their smartphones as they are considered less efficient than their ARM rivals; a concern they’ll tend to by improving their manufacturing process.
Dual core Medfield chips are also on Intel’s roadmap next year.
Intel has smartphones powered by Android and tablets running the upcoming Windows 8 OS in its sight, but does intend on powering its home-grown Tizen operating system when it reaches fruition.