Intel: “Android Doesn’t Benefit from Multi-Core Processors”

Intel has claimed that the Android mobile platform isn’t yet ready for multi-core processors, according to a report by technology news site The Inquirer.

The statement comes from Mike Bell, the firm’s general manager of mobile, who says that Google’s mobile platform doesn’t make the most of multi-cores despite having supported them since Android 2.3.4.

Intel is one of the latest companies to have entered the Android market with its Medfield Atom processor. However, while chip manufacturers such as SamsungNVIDIA and Qualcomm are concentrating on dual-core and quad-core, the Medfield is a single-core unit.

Bell said: “We ran our own numbers and in some of the cases we’ve seen, having a second core is actually a detriment.

“It isn’t obvious to me you really get the advantage for the size and the cost of what’s going into that part.”

The likes of Samsung and HTC have recently released new flagship handsets featuring quad-core processors, but the debate still rages on over whether there is actually any benefit gained from having a multi-core chip in a mobile device.

Nokia has resolutely stuck to a single-core approach with its Windows Phone-equipped Lumia range, although it is worth noting that the platform does not currently support multi-core processors. What’s more, Qualcomm recently confirmed that its dual-core Snapdragon S4 chip has been certified by Microsoft for the next iteration of its Windows Phone mobile operating system.

Intel hasn’t released any details of when it intends to introduce multi-core processors to its range, but Bell went on to claim that when the company does move into making parts for devices with additional cores those chips will be optimised to get the most from Android’s software.

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