During my year and a few months at Pocketables, I've never written an article about Philips. Usually, the consumer electronics company doesn't produce anything worth writing home about, but today it announced that it's going to pursue production of a line of 7-inch tablets running Ice Cream Sandwich.
Okay, cool. Ice Cream Sandwich is (thankfully) becoming the norm for cheaper tablets these days, but what makes Philips' awesome is the type of processor that's inside: MIPS.
MIPS processors have been known for bringing decent performance at a low cost for a while, but only now are they starting to become a more viable option for consumers. Android has supported MIPS chips in the past, but app compatibility was a big issue due to the different architecture. Now that Google is rumored to bring better MIPS support to Android, that shouldn't be much of an issue in the future.
Back to Philips' devices, they're slated to be released in China for the time being with no current plans to bring them to the US. There's always the possibility of a stateside release, but that's no guarantee. Still, it's nice to see that companies are dedicated to bringing more MIPS devices to market to help get tablets in the hands of more people.[Android Community]