MIPS Seeking to Bring Android 4.1 Jelly Bean to Budget-Friendly Tablets

MIPS Technologies, Inc announced recently that it is on a course to bringing Google’s latest mobile operating system—Android 4.1 Jelly Bean—to low-cost tablets without compromising performance and features. MIPS (acronym to Microprocessor without Interlocked Pipeline Stages) stands as a striving competitor to ARM in the Android market. Architects behind this architecture claim it is a more simplified platform without compatibility issues whatsoever with Android OS.

Considering the fact that the hype for Jelly Bean is building up real fast, MIPS is also on a high-speed course to making things work perfectly for the platform.

“We are working aggressively on bringing Jelly Bean to MIPS, and expect that it will be available to our licensees very soon,” said Jen Bernier-Santarini, director of corporation communications at MIPS.

ARM is greatly dominating in the Android tablet market and MIPS is just starting out. But in December 2011, everyone was stunned when an ICS Tablet was released for just $99 with pretty decent specs; 7-inch screen, 3D graphics capabilities, 1080p video recording, HDMI port, 1GHz MIPS processor, etc.

Apparently, the company is struggling to get noticed by major manufacturers and considering Intel is also on track to get its piece of the pie, MIPS needs to step up real fast.

As much as the company did a great job to make sure its architecture is compatible with Android OS, there are still a few apps that could run perfectly on MIPS-based devices but it is now negotiating with developers. Among the first few ones that agree to port their apps are Halfbrick, the developer of Fruit Ninja, and Opera Software.

There is an upcoming Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update roll outs for devices running on MIPS but even so, an analyst believe that it would be difficult for the company to get hold of better traction in the market it’s targeting. ARM and Intel are just two big hindrances for MIPS.

“MIPS will again struggle to compete with ARM and Intel,” said Nathan Brookwood, principal analyst at Insight 64.