News by Michael Oryl on Tuesday January 04, 2011.
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According to PCMag.com's ever-insightful Sascha Segan, Google's upcoming Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS will require dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 compatible processors in order to operate properly. At the moment, Nvidia's Tegra 2 system is the only Cortex-A9 processor available, though dual-core CPUs from Nvidia's competitors are expected soon.
This information comes from Bobby Cha, the managing director of a Korean electronics firm called Enspert.
If true, this would mean that Android 2.2 Froyo and 2.3 Gingerbread based tablets, such as Samsung's Galaxy Tab, would not be capable of running a Honeycomb update. Why is this important? Because Android 3.0 Honeycomb is the first version of Android specifically tailored to work on tablets.
Of course these hardware requirements all seem to point to a possible fork in the Android platform, one where tablets run on a different version of the OS than smartphones. It seems that we might have to wait for Android "Ice Cream" before the OS re-merges into a single system that supports both tablets and smartphones properly.
Cha also told PCMag.com that Honeycomb based tablets could run on displays as small as 7 inches in size and confirmed that Motorola's device, which Google exec Andy Rubin featured briefly last month, will be the first Honeycomb tablet to market.