A Samsung phone running on a Texas Instruments processor might be little bit weird, especially since last year’s Samsung Nexus S retained its Samsung trademark by running on a 1GHz Hummingbird system-on-a-chip (SoC). The Galaxy Nexus, Google’s flagship phone, runs on a TI OMAP4460 which leaves everyone wondering why the company chose to ditch its own Exynos part.
There are many factors affecting such production outcome and on reason would be Google’s early announcement of the Motorola Mobility buy and how it plans on operating the new Nexus program. Each year, the company selects a specific device maker which whom they would work with for producing the next Nexus phone. Take note that it is not only the OEM that is involved but rather, the company decides on which manufacturer would supply separate components of the phone. While Google decided to go for Samsung last year, the company is going with Texas Instruments this year for Nexus’ processor.
Should we worry about it?
Google deciding to go for another company for the next Nexus’ processor is a big risk we are not sure if it’s worth taking. Although the OMAP 4460 works with a dual core SoC at 1.2GHz and an ARM Cortex A9 architecture, Nexus fans can’t help but scrutinize the processor because of its old GPU Power VR SGX540 graphics chip.
Although the new Nexus may not be in the same level of graphical standards as that of the iPhone, the OMAP has its own features that it can brag about. Aside from using its own IVA3 hardware accelerator, the OMAP4 platform allows encoding and decoding of HD videos in a snap. Since the new Galaxy Nexus will have an HD screen, the additional hardware focus of the device will be a big plus for Android fans.
Aside from its fast processor and high definition graphics, the OMAP also utilizes dual-channel memory controller, allowing consumers to enjoy multitasking with their phones, without the fear of the device crashing. Since data can be consistently moved in and out of the device’s active memory, at least we know that the OMAP part has other features to brag about.
Since Google will be manufacturing a new version of its Android OS on OMAP in the next few months, we will have enough time to see whether the processor will make or break it in the industry based on its performance on the new Galaxy Nexus.