Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Google would prefer the OMAP 4 for Android 4.0

Google has chosen the OMAP 4 for its development platform Android 4.0, which means that the vast majority of the first smartphones shipping Ice Cream Sandwich should use the SoC Texas Instruments. A public relations officer of Texas sent a picture of some journalists and Cnet Android and Me showing rather close relations between the two protagonists.

Andy Rubin, vice president of the mobile division of Google, admitted to our colleagues at Android and Me that the publisher chose a semiconductor manufacturer, an operator and an OEM and assembled a development platform that was used daily to engineers. In practice this means that the first products to be marketed are often very close to the platform that serves as a reference.

The latest example is the development platform for Honeycomb, which featured a Tegra processor 2, which was present in the SoC most tablets sold. Google has not confirmed the information and should not be declared until the fall. We should then learn what variation of the OMAP 4 was used between 4460 and 4470.

We lean toward the latter is clocked at 1.8 GHz and includes the PowerVR chipset SGX544 should integrate OMAP5 (see "OMAP 4470: response Tegra 2 and Apple A5"). This decision may explain why the version for the smartphone Tegra 3 does not show before CES 2012 (cf. "The Tegra 3 will be released in the fall").

The terminals will probably use its chip longer to be marketed as containing the reference design. For the record, Ice Cream Sandwich combines Honeycomb (Android 3.2) and Gingerbread (Android 2.3). So Google found a common operating system for tablets and phones. It should also renew with tradition and publish the source code of its operating system, something he has not done for Honeycomb, because the code was not ready to be distributed and installed on any machine (see "Honeycomb Android is not open source").

Finally, according to the Android Open Source Project, Ice Cream Sandwich should use the 3.0 kernel of Linux.

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