Android Jelly Bean arrives on Intel x86

Posted by Trent Nouveau

Intel has successfully ported the ARM-friendly Android Jelly Bean (4.1) to run on its mobile x86 architecture.

At this stage, porting Google’s popular OS is a necessity for Intel, as Android is natively coded for RISC-based devices powered by ARM chips, rather than x86 processors. 

Before the above-mentioned port was complete, Intel tablets and smartphones were primarily limited to Android 2.3 or 4.0. 

Although the port is official, Santa Clara has yet to confirm when the updated OS will roll out to the few Intel handsets on the market. 

It seems likely that the x86-friendly version of Jelly Bean will be pre-loaded on the UK-version of Motorola’s RAZR M smartphone which is widely expected to launch on September 18th. 

As we’ve previously discussed on TG Daily, ARM architecture has long been the leader in the smartphone market. Santa Clara, while dominant in the PC world, has yet to make much headway in the lucrative segment.

"We estimate Intel has been able to capture only 6 percent to 8 percent of market share in the mobile handset processor revenue business - with its small success in this area mostly due to the company's acquisition of the wireless business of Germany's Infineon Technologies," IHS iSuppli analyst Craig Stice explained in a recent analysis. 

Indeed, Santa Clara still hasn't launched a smartphone in the US, limiting "Intel-inside" handset roll outs to France, the UK, India and China.