Ouya console will run Android Jelly Bean

Posted by Trent Nouveau

Ouya has confirmed that its upcoming video game console will run Android Jelly Bean, rather than the older Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS).

"We're making the jump from Ice Cream Sandwich to ensure we're running on the most up-to-date software available," Ouya CEO Julie Uhrman wrote in an official blog post. "You asked if it could be done, we looked into it, and we made it happen."

Uhrman also noted that the company recently received its first development run of PCBs (Printed Circuit Boards) for the console. 

"We are now in what's referred to in the industry as the EVT (Engineering Verification Testing) phase. This is the heart (and we believe the soul) of the OUYA experience," she said. 
"All the hard work in refining the design has paid off in spades — the first boards came to life without any hitches, and we're now fine tuning software and hardware performance for graphics, wireless, and user experience."

According to Uhrman, Ouya will be testing both the console and the controller during the EVT phase, all while continuing to verify the design and optimize unit speeds.

"We'll go through a couple more EVT build phases, as we weed out issues and refine the design for optimal performance and large-scale manufacturing, before we start cranking out OUYAs.

"We're set to complete this EVT phase on time, and we're in sync with our December target for developer kits. Since these dev kits are still in pre-production phase, we'll build a limited quantity. Each one will be a collector's item — unique in design, build and appearance. So, they'll look different from the consumer-ready units," she added. 

The Ouya console - powered by an Nvidia Tegra 3 chip - is scheduled to hit the streets in Apri 2013. Additional specs include 8 GB internal flash memory, 1 GB RAM, HDMI (1080p), Nvidia ULP GeForce GPU, USB 2, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth LE 4.0, Ethernet port and a wireless controller.

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