The processor allows for faster, smoother Web browsing and app usage, as well as 1080p HD video playback. The phone will make its debut in South Korea next month running Android 2.2, Froyo. In the future, it will migrate to Asia and Europe and be upgradable to Android 2.3, Gingerbread. (See Android Bakes Its Gingerbread.)
Dual-core processors will become the norm next year, as chipsets from Nvidia, Qualcomm Inc. (Nasdaq: QCOM), ARM Ltd. , and others make their way into more phones and tablets. These processors will be important to make smartphones more PC-like, but also to the operating systems.
Dual-core chips bring new features to the OS, such as 3D, multitasking, multimedia enhancements, and improved graphics. BlackBerry , for one, says it will wait until dual-core chipsets are more readily available before it brings its PlayBook OS QNX to smartphones. (See OS Watch: Device Makers Sound Off and The PlayBook Play-by-Play.)
PC World reports that since China Mobile deployed its 3G network in 2009, only 16.9 million of its 570 million customers are using the network. It hopes the OS updates will change this.
— Sarah Reedy, Senior Reporter, Light Reading Mobile