Honeycomb to require Dual-Core and High-Res Display?

January 3, 2011
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With every new Android operating system we hear rumors of it having explicit requirements for the devices in which in runs on. These are usually shot down by Google themselves, but this time the word on the street is that Honeycomb will require a dual-core processor and a resolution of at least 1280x720.

According to Bobby Cha, the managing director at Korean electronics company Enspert, Honeycomb will, in fact, require a dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor to run "properly." Now this may make sense if the operating system is going to be exclusively for tablets, but if Google is planning on Honeycomb being the new standard for all devices, these requirements are a bit steep.

This would mean that popular devices such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab may not even be "allowed" to run Honeycomb, which would be a huge disappointment for anyone who purchased one. Interestingly, Google has not yet refuted these claims. Google is known for shooting down hardware requirement claims quickly in the past, and the lack thereof may mean that this is the real deal.

[Via PhoneDog]


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  • Jason

    Highly Unlikely considering 1280 by 720 for a 10 inch screen is the high end. It most likely won’t have a resolution requirement instead it will incorporate better graphics control from developers and allow scaling of apps to be implemented easier. Their will also most likely be a panel system similar to the Notion Ink Adam tablet. They seem a little too confident of using this system, hinting at involvement from Google (Remember the Gingerbread Release). Plus their screen runs at 1024 by 600. Also would any of us even believe Google would even think to limit screen sizes on a device.

  • http://www.jedimoose.org mrben

    Part of the benefit of Android is the fact that there is a wide variety of devices, from low-end to high-end. I find it nigh on impossible that Google would make such a ridiculous requirement for Honeycomb, not least because it would make every single existing device completely obsolete.

  • http://www.cnx-software.com cnxsoft

    That would also mean owners of Archos 70 (800 x 480) / Archos 101 (1024×600) would not get a Honeycomb update either.