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OUYA Updated To Jelly Bean Before It's Even Released

The crowdsourced OUYA gaming console has just beaten out pretty much every new release Android handset by updating itself to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean before it has even been released.

For the uninitiated: OUYA is the little $US99 Android-powered gaming console that could. It launched on Kickstarter to a huge fanfare a few months ago and walked away with a stupid amount of money.

OUYA announced in a development update yesterday that it was ditching Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) in favour of a better piece of software:

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.

I’m still not entirely convinced by OUYA, but it’s good to see that even before the console is released to market that it’s being packed with the latest gear. Here’s looking at you, Motorola, Sony and Samsung.

The update from OUYA also contains a whole bunch of interesting hardware sneak peeks, too if that’s your thing. Hit the link for more. [OUYA via Engadget]