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

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4 replies on “Google Android Honeycomb will require a dual core processor”

  1. This is unbelievably bad.

    Despite the fact that multicore hardware has been around for years, most software STILL isn’t written to take advantage of it correctly. Parallelizing code is hard, which is one reason why people haven’t confronted the challenge yet.

    Make no mistake about it. A dual-core requirement in the face of poorly optimized software says only one thing “You’re going to need more powerful hardware to run our poorly written software”. Could you imagine if desktop operating systems like Windows or Ubuntu said that you need to have a dual-core CPU to run the product? That would be somewhat more realistic, but it’s not actually true. Why in the world would an operating system that’s supposed to be mobile and compact need such a quantum, unyielding hardware restriction. Apparently, Windows 7 is a better tablet operating system because it can run on less powerful hardware. S-T-U-P-I-D Android.

    Android is crap. People who buy products with Android tell Google to keep making it crap. They tell other manufacturers to make crap too. They tell other consumer that it’s OK to buy crap. S-T-U-P-I-D consumers.

    1. Having used Android tablets and smartphones, I really can’t follow your comment. The only area in which Windows tablets trump their Android counterparts is in functionality (like, being able to run Photoshop). When it comes to speed, fluidity, response, etc., Android wins hands down.

      As to the rumour, we’ll see in due course if it’s just that or if it actually holds any water.

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