An Intel mover and shaker has criticised the deluge of multicore Android devices hitting the market, claiming Google’s OS is not properly optimised to take advantage of them.
Mike Bell, general manager of Intel’s Mobile and Communications Group, said Android is not yet ready to handle the tremendous brawn that dual and quad core chipsets pack and that it is actually detrimental to performance due to inefficient thread scheduling.
He said: “If you take a look a lot of handsets on the market, when you turn on the second core or having the second core there [on die], the [current] leakage is high enough and their power threshold is low enough because of the size of the case that it isn’t entirely clear you get much of a benefit to turning the second core on.
“We ran our own numbers and [in] some of the use cases we’ve seen, having a second core is actually a detriment, because of the way some of the people have not implemented their thread scheduling.”
Bell’s comments come as Intel launches the San Diego, an Orange-exclusive budget smartphone featuring a 1.6GHz Atom Z2460 single-core processor, which has already outpaced some ARM-based dual core kits in benchmarking tests.
It’s unclear exactly what Intel’s plans are regarding multicore smartphones. We are assuming its stance may yet change if and when Google improves Android to better utilise them.