Intel confirmed recently that it’s working with Google in an effort to push Android 4.1 Jelly Bean to smartphones and tablets powered by its Atom processors. A couple of Android smartphones currently run on Intel’s chips, including the Xolo X900 and the Orange San Diego, although the majority of high-end Android-powered devices run on processors made by Qualcomm or NVIDIA with technology licensed from ARM.
“Intel continues to work closely with Google to enable future versions of Android, including Jelly Bean, on our family of low power Atom processors,” Intel spokeswoman Suzy Greenberg told PCWorld.
Intel’s current batch of Android devices still run Android 2.3 Gingerbread, so anyone who owns an Intel-powered smartphone might only see an Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update. As a result, we’re guessing the Jelly Bean update will primarily apply to future Atom-powered Android devices.