MIPS Tablets Could Get Android Jelly Bean Soon
Tablets based on Microprocessor without Interlocked Pipeline Stages or MIPS architecture could be getting Android 4.1 Jelly Bean soon thanks to efforts by MIPS to port the open-source OS as well as Google’s Project Butter. MIPS is currently ARM’s rival and caters mostly to creators of low-cost tablets in developing countries.
When the upgrade is pushed out over the air or via a download, the minor upgrades to Android Ice Cream Sandwich will finally be enjoyed by MIPS-based tablet users just a short while after Jelly Bean has been unveiled.
Currently, Google is doing all it can to ensure that the new versions of Android arrive at a lesser time than it did in the past. MIPS for its part usually tries to bring out new versions of Android OS shortly, and their licensees have their devices running on the OS within just several weeks of getting it.
The new OS could help the makers of these low-cost tablets become more competitive against those based on ARM or even Intel. Analysts, however, do not believe that this will give much help to MIPS since ARM is still a very strong opponent, and Intel x86 is trying its best to catch up. In fact, some are speculating that MIPS might be an acquisition target for other companies that may feel they can help MIPS develop into something better.
In any case, it is good news that MIPS tablet users will be getting Android Jelly Bean soon so they can enjoy its new features.