We know Intel, we also know of NVIDIA and AMD, but MIPS? Well, this low power chip designer has just announced that they have rolled out the source code for a version of Google’s Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean operating system, where this particular source code has been specially optimized for devices that run on MIPS processors located right underneath the hood. AT this point in time, majority of the Android-powered smartphones and tablets do run on an ARM-based processor, although there are a bunch of extremely budget-conscious models out there that do have MIPs chips within, including the Karbonn Smart Tab 1 that is touted to be the cheapest Android-powered tablet in the market to date with its $125 price tag.
Instructions to go ahead with the source code’s download can be found here, while you will also be able to discover the source code for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and Android 2.2 FroYo on MIPS over there as well. No idea on when the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean software update will arrive for the Karbonn tablet or other MIPS-powered devices, but we believe with the source code released, device manufacturers should get cracking soon.