The Inquirier has reported Intel’s chief as saying that multicore CPUs are not supported by Android yet. A few excerpts from the Inquirer article:
Intel’s single-core Medfield Atom processor enters the market at time when almost all of the big hitting ARM vendors are focusing efforts on dual-core and quad-core processors. However Intel said that chip firms should do more to optimise Android for multi-core processors as it does not effectively make use of multiple cores.
Finally Bell claimed that Android doesn’t make use of multi-core processors, something he thought other chip firms should work on sorting out alongside Intel. “The way it’s implemented right now, Android does not make as effective use of multiple cores as it could, and I think – frankly – some of this work could be done by the vendors who create the SoCs, but they just haven’t bothered to do it.”
In essence, the Intel boss was saying that throwing more powerful hardware at Android’s resource inefficiency isn’t the way to go, but rather optimising the OS. I am firmly in this camp. Android needs serious optimisation, be it from Google or manufacturers.
Having reviewed and used a number of Android devices, including the Samsung Galaxy S II (dual-core) and HTC One X (quad-core), it is clear to me that multiple cores don’t deliver any significant improvements in performance. The Intel boss may just be right.
Unfortunately, the market is in love with the processor hype, and I doubt that anything will change. We will get more quad-core devices, and soon someone will be out with a six-core device or whatever.
We live on hype, we poor humans.
Read the full Inquirer story: Intel claims Android is not ready for multi-core processors