There’s been a rumor going around for the past few days that the next version of Google Android (code-named Honeycomb) will have minimum hardware requirements including a dual core processor. I’ve resisted the urge to post on this rumor, because as far as I was concerned there wasn’t very strong evidence to support it… but while at CES this week I’ve had a chance to talk to some folks in the industry, and they’re confirming that Google is indeed insisting on dual core chips for Honeycomb… or at least for Honeycomb tablets. I haven’t heard much about the smartphone version of the OS.
Most of the Honeycomb tablets we’ve heard about in recent weeks are expected to ship with NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual core ARM-based chips. But it looks like that might not be the only multi-core option. The Asus Eee Pad MeMo, for instance, is expected to pack a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon dual core processor, and it will ship with Honeycomb.
Until we hear from Google, I’m still going to count the dual core requirement as a rumor rather than a solid fact, but it’s starting to look like a pretty plausible rumor.
Update: And it turns out it was just a rumor. A member of the Android developer team says there’s no hardware limitation. But speaking with hardware vendors over the last few days, there still seems to be a bit of confusion on this point. Still, Android is an open source OS, and even if Google did want to create a minimum requirement for Android hardware, it would be hard to keep developers and/or hardware makers from tweaking the code to make it play nice with their non-conforming devices. via Android Community