Makers of the Android video game console Ouya have announced that it will ship with Android Jelly Been. Earlier, they had planned to include Android Ice Cream Sandwich as the base OS. From their official blog:
I’m happy to announce OUYA will run on Android Jelly Bean, the newest version of the Android operating system. We’re making the jump from the old version, Ice Cream Sandwich, to ensure that we’re running on the most up-to-date software available. You asked if it could be done, we looked into it, and we made it happen.
The developers are also planning to release a SDK by the end of this year so that game developers can get started with their development. Since Ouya comes with only a console with a few keys, game devs will need to modify existing Android games so that it becomes compatible with Ouya.
Ouya started as a Kickstarter campaign and gained enough popularity to raise over $8 million as crowd funding. The console will come with a quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor. All games in the Ouya store will be free to download and play. However, developers can include in-game purchases in their games.