Honeycomb, Android 3.0 to require a Dual-Core Cortex-A9 CPU?

The latest rumors about Android 3.0 aka Honeycomb are now claiming that the upcoming OS will only be aimed at high-end Tablets and required a Dual-Core Cortex A9 CPU to work. According to Bobby Cha, managing director of Korean consumer electronics firm Enspert, it will also have a minimum screen resolution requirement of 1024×720 and “Honeycomb does not require 10-inch [screens] … it’s going to go as small as 7 inch.” This sound like BS to me because if this is indeed the case then Google will basically have 2 Android versions on the market: One for high-end tablets (because the Galaxy Tab only has a Single core Cortex-A8) and one for smartphones (what’s next after Android 2.3 ?). Now let’s image that Honeycomb is also smartphone compatible but has that Dual-Core Cortex A9 requirement: it will not work on any of the upcoming Dual-Core Quacomm based handsets scheduled to be released in the next 14 months (Qualcomm’s current Dual-Core SoCs are all Cortex A8 based and their first A9 architecture isn’t scheduled to start shipping in devices before 2012). I guess that we will know the whole story soon enough with the imminent launch announcement of the Motorola Tablets this week at CES.

source: PC Mag

  • http://bit.ly/samirsshah ???? ???

    In a a rising paradigm, high requirements helps technology move forward by helping developers with a minimum base to which to program to and bring new capabilities to the platform and also compete effectively with the dying platform, so HONEYCOMB SHOULD DEFINITELY REQUIRE A DUAL-CORE CORTEX-A9 PROCESSOR.

    In a dying paradigm, the reverse occurs, users are not willing to go to latest and greatest in processors and developers who program for latest and greatest are left in a lurch. This is what is happening to Wintel.

    Wait for whether to require 720p (give me time)…

  • http://bit.ly/samirsshah ???? ???

    “Before you become convinced that your current hardware will never run Honeycomb, Phandroid claims to have an anonymous Google source who says that while there may be high-tier Honeycomb requirements like these, there will also be a “light” version of the operating system for single-core, lower resolution hardware.”

    Very, very, very good idea.

  • http://bit.ly/samirsshah ???? ???

    Yes. Honeycomb HD (the other may be named Honeycomb Standard) should require 720p resolution. A tablet is usually used for browsing and VIDEO. There are a lot of 720p HD videos on the net with Google’s own YouTube having a major share. With Honeycomb HD a user knows that s/he will be able to play all these 720p HD videos at full resolution.

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    Yes this solution would be more logical IMO.

  • http://bit.ly/samirsshah ???? ???

    High end Honeycomb -> 3.0
    Mid Range Honeycomb -> 2.4 with only one (2.5) or two updates (2.5, 2.6) and obsoleted thereafter in favor of Honeycomb 3.0 and her successors. The obsolescence may vary geography-wise and, as an example, if a country’s customers (India) wish them to continue because the tablets having Honeycomb 2.4 and successors cost significantly less, then Google may want to give them their wish.