Uhht Ohhhh… this doesn’t sound good. According to Intel, Android is not ready for multi-core chips. That is not good news!
Wait, just hold on for a sec, the Samsung Galaxy SIII, (International Version shown running Microsoft’s new “My XBOX Live” Application), whether dual-core or quad-core isn’t ready for Android???
In an interview with The Inquirer, Mike Bell, General Manager of Intel’s Mobile & communications Group had a lot to say about the way Android handles multiple cores:
“If you are in a non-power constrained case, I think multiple cores make a lot of sense because you can run the cores full out, you can actually heavily load them and/or if the operating system has a good thread scheduler. A lot of stuff we are dealing with, thread scheduling and thread affinity, isn’t there yet and on top of that, largely when the operating system goes to do a single task, a lot of other stuff stops. So as we move to multiple cores, we’re actually putting a lot of investment into software to fix the scheduler and fix the threading so if we do multi-core products it actually takes advantage of it.”
He then spoke about SoC vendors, stating, “the lack of software effort by some of the folks who have done their hardware implementation is a bigger disadvantage than anything else.”
I’m not quite sure as to how accurate this statement is, but I do agree that chip manufacturers need to so work on the software side of the device, not just internally. But, it looks like the Samsung Galaxy SIII International (Quad-Core) Version is a major hit, so only time will tell if Android is going down the tubes (doubtful), or back up the tubes to the top.
Sources info: Intel
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