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Report: Honeycomb Requires Dual-core Processor, Only Gingerbread for Galaxy Tab

Reports just snuck out today through PCMag suggesting that Honeycomb will have some pretty strict hardware requirements when it becomes a reality, one of them being the processor.  According to Bobby Cha, managing director of Korean consumer electronics firm Enspert, tablets with single-core processors will not be able to handle life after Gingerbread (Android 2.3).  Dual-core processors will lead a list of minimum hardware requirements which could be the reason we’ve seen almost every tablet manufacturer announce that theirs will include one.  Well, aside from Samsung that is.  

Cha also went on to mention that Motorola’s DROID XOOM will be the first to market and that it might be the only one actually running Honeycomb at CES this week.  This comes as a pretty big surprise especially after seeing all of the press releases from tablet manufacturers over the last couple of weeks.  I guess they might not be able to produce what we were all expecting to see in a couple of days as Honeycomb may not be ready for mass consumption until the end of January.

Not the most exciting news on the planet for Galaxy Tab owners right?  Especially for those that just picked one up during the holidays hoping that they would one day see the world of Honeycomb.

Thoughts?

More on the report can be found at PCMag.

  • Jasme

    The technology, both hardware and software evolves almost every day. If you see what you want now, go for it. No use of waiting for something as it will soon become obsolete anyway.

  • Jasme

    The technology, both hardware and software evolves almost every day. If you see what you want now, go for it. No use of waiting for something as it will soon become obsolete anyway.

  • Tab007

    A 2.3 on Galaxy Tab, when?

  • gesst

    this is crap lol.
    sucks big time

  • Anonymous

    BS

  • Anonymous

    shoeboxs.us

  • Anonymous

    shoeboxs.us

  • RW-1

    Why, oh why do you give such crap space on the blog?

    Until we hear from Google as to what the min spec’s are, any other report, rumour, message, text, thought, impulse, is simply SPECULATION and not FACT.

    End of story.

  • Rrytryyfdyh645753g

    supershops.org

  • Ryhrtyt

    supershops.org

  • Gimpyestrada

    Hogwash

  • Anonymous

    Well they also said there would never be gingerbread on the OG Droid and not to mention froyo on the G1…. but both of those have happened…. I’m not saying there will be an official release but I can see it coming out eventually

  • Anonymous

    So, just wondering… What does this mean for the ViewSonic ViewPad 10? It has an x86 cpu, so it really can’t be directly compared. However, I guess if it can run windows, it should be able to run honeycomb, right? I really want this tablet, because with it running windows, it can do anything, and with it running android, it can be tablet-friendly

  • Anonymous

    So, just wondering… What does this mean for the ViewSonic ViewPad 10? It has an x86 cpu, so it really can’t be directly compared. However, I guess if it can run windows, it should be able to run honeycomb, right? I really want this tablet, because with it running windows, it can do anything, and with it running android, it can be tablet-friendly

  • Wow, this is a real bummer for Nexus S owners too.

  • Mr. Steve

    I call bullcrap on this, just like the rumors that the Droid 1 wouldn’t be eligible for the upgrade to Gingerbread (Since no minimum requirements were announced I’m assuming an update for the Droid 1 is very much possible).

  • Anonymous

    shoeboxs.us

  • Stephen D

    Yeah, and Gingerbread also supposedly had minimum requirements. I doubt this is true.

  • Wheresrenaldo

    No honeycomb for droid x then?

  • Thetruth

    As if Samsung would ever update the OS anyways.

  • Anonymous

    I know a lot of Galaxy tab owners will hate me for this but I agree with calling out the minimum specs upfront. Google never blessed the Galaxy tab for it’s intended purpose and they have always said that Android in it’s current form was never meant for tablets. Samsung was the one that decided to release the galaxy tab in it’s current form, not Google. The good news is that a tablet with honeycomb and any app developed for it will take advantage of the dual cores and higher res display right from the start. This gives me reason to go out and buy one over an ipad (aka large ipod touch).
    But the question is what about dual core phones that do not meet this supposed screen resolution? My guess is that Google will separate the 2, one phone OS and one tablet OS. We know now that the Motorola Xoom will not be a huge phone.

  • Anonymous

    I would be surprised if Google drops a bombshell like this without consulting with the hardware manufacturers first.

  • Firelight

    typical Samsung and why I’ll never own one.

  • Cgmartin33

    I think this is more about physical buttons than dual core. Honeycomb will have navigation buttons on screen which was one of the F U Apple moments in the Motorola Tab/Honeycomb interview. Remember the Steve Jobs lovers response?…”well ipad only has one button”…but its always in a different place depending on how you hold it. And PS Samsung has said that the Tab will not see official Honeycomb. The Tab 2 will be released with it…again because of design I’m assuming. I guess I will wait for a port…

  • Cgmartin33

    I think this is more about physical buttons than dual core. Honeycomb will have navigation buttons on screen which was one of the F U Apple moments in the Motorola Tab/Honeycomb interview. Remember the Steve Jobs lovers response?…”well ipad only has one button”…but its always in a different place depending on how you hold it. And PS Samsung has said that the Tab will not see official Honeycomb. The Tab 2 will be released with it…again because of design I’m assuming. I guess I will wait for a port…

  • Chris Nimon

    LOL, I just got an invite fron Verizon to show me how to use my phone. http://i596.photobucket.com/albums/tt50/chrisnimon/Droid%20Life%20screenies/CAP201101031636.jpg

    • Anonymous

      Me too. Unless they show me how to get around a locked boot loader on my Droid X I will pass.

      • Chris Nimon

        might be fun telling them where they’re wrong or showing them how much more they can actually do 🙂

  • Mr. Joe

    Oh yeah! Just like how Gingerbread was supposed to:

    – Require a 1GHz CPU
    – 512MB of RAM
    – Screen sized 3.5-inches or higher

    I’m sure Google will come out and debunk this just like they did MULTIPLE times with the alleged Gingerbread requirements.

  • Galaxy Tab probably wouldn’t get it even if it did meet the requirements. Just my 2 cents.

  • Galaxy Tab probably wouldn’t get it even if it did meet the requirements. Just my 2 cents.

  • Anonymous

    Sounds like HTC Thunderbolt customers, with the 1 year old single core snapdragon won’t be upgrading to Honeycomb either.

  • Anonymous

    Sounds like HTC Thunderbolt customers, with the 1 year old single core snapdragon won’t be upgrading to Honeycomb either.

    • Viper76269

      lol no one knows the specs on that phone. word is it’ll have a 1.2Ghz Dual Core

  • Anonymous

    While is is tablets, can’t bode well for phones either….Let’s see how wast the Thunderbolt/Incredible HD as the wind knocked from its sails.

  • CMRSTANG

    So are the new Samsung Nexus S phones going to get an upgrade since they are not dual core?

  • Cgmartin33

    I hope to god they utilize gpu acceleration for the UI like the icrap and new WinMo phones. They scroll through pages like butter. The icrap does it with a slower processor and we are playing with Overclocked monsters that are set at half the frame rate and look grainy as hell. It just doesn’t make sense. At this point that is the only adavantage anyone has on Android.

  • B-do

    d00dz! I’m running my r00+ed tab with honeycomb already! I’ve tasted the sweet sticky honey, and let it slather all over my chest.

    • Anonymous

      Your username appears to be corrupted. There should be an “S” instead of a “Do.” Oh, and we didn’t need to know about your chest.

      • B-do

        You’re just jealous that my r00+ed tab has been overcl0ck3d to 3.8ghz. Mmmmm, sweet honey goodness dripping from my beard onto my chest hair.

        • or ur jealous that he got a one of a kind OG Droid, so you had to come up with something o.O

        • Dacre

          that’s not honey…

      • Not_telling_you

        Be a little kind to paranoid schizophrenic idiots, will you?

    • Anonymous

      Your username appears to be corrupted. There should be an “S” instead of a “Do.” Oh, and we didn’t need to know about your chest.

  • So you’re saying my Eris won’t get Froyo? WTF?!

    • PyroHoltz

      I think you’re reading between the wrong lines… 😉

    • Mattg67

      WTF! Mine has Ice cream where you been tim! ;p

  • Ayman06

    Thats BS just like how someone said you need a 1ghz processor minimum to run gingerbread. Even if its true, xda will make it happen. Plus its not like I’m holding my breath for samsungto release an update.

  • Anonymous

    I’ll take this with a grain of salt. Remember the “processor requirement” for Gingerbread? Until I hear it from the horse’s mouth (Google), I’ll wait with bated breath.

  • Gg101

    There is very little reason to buy a galaxy tab. If you really need a tablet fix now, just get a nook color. It is half the price and nearly as powerful once you root it. The stuff we see at CES is gonna blow the galaxy tab away and will likely come in at the same price.

  • Anonymous

    had a feeling this was coming

  • fragmentation

    Fragmentation at it’s best

  • Coaster36

    Didnt this happen before with 2.2? Or maybe 2.1. “Oh Oh you need at least x.x MHz to run this OS” Then google comes out and says its a lie. This leak is probably some motorola ploy to smear the galaxy tab.

    dont jump the gun people. Just relax.

    • it was that gingerbread needs 1 ghtz but its b.s.

  • Anonymous

    So does this affect phones? Otherwise the Nexus S is done with major updates.

  • Anonymous

    So does this affect phones? Otherwise the Nexus S is done with major updates.

  • Anonymous

    Wow… insult meet injury…

    I love my Tab, but it sounds like it will be a short affair. 🙁

    • Carol

      Love mine, too.

  • Anonymous

    As a Tab owner, I am not worried about this at all. Knowing the Android community, once the Honeycomb source gets released to the wild, I am sure someone will come up with a Galaxy Tab version. We are already rooted, and capable of clockwork mod.

    And I suspect Samsung will not sit back and just screw its customers (or those carriers who are marketing it).

    A rumor is what a rumor is. 🙂

    • No offense, but notice how most samsung owners are still stuck without Froyo? You think that Honeycomb will be coming anytime soon, even with the juggernaut that is the XDA?

      • Anonymous

        There are many older phones without froyo. I get that, but this is their flagship – and only – tablet. And so far, the only real competitor to the ipad.

        Plus, I am just not going to freak out about some rumor that “dual core” will be required. As it was posted above by Coaster, its probably just a motorola smear to try to scare away people from the Tab – which is available now – where their tablet is NOT. 🙂

        • Anonymous

          And the galaxy s phones are not old. They are samsung’s flagship phones and still don’t have a clear path to froyo. Even if this is just a rumor the galaxy tab won’t see honeycomb til the device is dead

          • Anonymous

            Feel free to continue to feed the rumor. I am just not losing sleep over this.

    • No offense, but notice how most samsung owners are still stuck without Froyo? You think that Honeycomb will be coming anytime soon, even with the juggernaut that is the XDA?

    • Mrpicolas

      Not to burst your bubble but samsung has a long history of leaving behind their customers

    • Anonymous

      I am sure Samsung will be happy to sell everyone a new tab!

  • Dsim91

    No wonder they lowered the price on the galaxy tab

    • Anonymous

      Replied to wrong post.

      • Dsim91

        Actually no I didn’t the tab wont get honeycomb and it will stop selling hence the price drop obviously

      • Dsim91

        Actually no I didn’t the tab wont get honeycomb and it will stop selling hence the price drop obviously

  • James Murphy

    That’s a shitty deal for Tab owners.

  • Anonymous

    http://phandroid.com/2010/12/08/wrong-android-teams-dan-morrill-says-no-1ghz-requirement-for-gingerbread/

    Those Korean people always say the crazy things.
    This is probably not different.

  • Samuelbarthele

    and samsung screws their customers once again!

    • Anonymous

      Early adopters should always be wary.

      • tjhrulz

        wasnt the OG droid the same way though sad to say it but this is true

    • Anonymous

      samsung screwed nobody. it was the fault of whomever bought these things so early- especially when google had stated the current version of android was not intended for tablets and when all the news was far superior android tablets were only a few months out.

      • TrendyProfessional1

        I knew going in when I bought it something bigger and better would be coming out. Have I been using my tablet to the max yes I have? Am I sorry I got it? No not really, by the time something new comes out I will have gotten 4/5mos of use out of it by then. I will be hopefully selling it for 200.00. I’m enjoying it. No it isn’t Samsungs fault we that bought it could have waited. With my impatient behind I could simply no longer wait. It was either that or an apple tablet. Definitely wasn’t going that route already committed to android

  • IXIKelsonIXI

    I held off on buying a tablet for just this reason. I’m actually stoked that this requirement exists, means manufacturers have to step it up.

  • Anonymous

    it’s good to see when these real android tablets go against the ipad. i think it gonna be a little different selling android tablets compared to android phones because you dont necessarily have to have a carrier when you purchase these tablets. so i wonder what there selling strategy gonna be

  • Josh

    wow, if this is true, I sure am happy I waited on the Samsung Tab.

  • Mrpicolas

    good shall come to those who wait….

  • Anonymous

    Maybe if people would buy devices for what they can do NOW, instead of worrying about updates, we wouldnt have issues.
    Why is it that people feel that they are entitled to updates? When did this become the standard?

    • Anonymous

      Why should we not expect updates? Computer companies have been releasing updates for years to fix bugs, security flaws, make their products look better, etc. Why would it be any different with mobile devices?

      • +1 For Kellex, Couldn’t Agree Anymore.

      • Keith

        When Windows 7 came out, Windows Vista users didn’t get a free upgrade. Why is this any different?

        That’s not the same as fixing a software bug or a security vulnerability. Unless Samsung promised updates, be happy with what you’ve got and think of any updates you do get as a nice surprise.

        • Well Keith, Android Is The OPERATING SYSTEM The Updates Are The Version Of The OPERATING SYSTEM. Windows 7 And Windows Vista Are Two TOTALLY Different OPERATING SYSTEMS. Does That Make Sense Now…???

          • That depends on who you ask. Windows Vista and Windows 7 use the same kernel, but they’re considered different versions of Windows. We could use the same logic about the leap from Froyo/Gingerbread to Honeycomb. Some people (like Google) might consider Froyo/Gingerbread and Honeycomb to be two totally different Operating Systems…

          • Anonymous

            @mike
            windows is the name behind the os… 95 98 me xp vista and 7 are the versions… so for android its 1.6 2.0 2.0.1 2.2 ect… those are there versions… so anyways… 7 and vista are the same os… just different versions of it…

          • I’m Not A Computer Guy By Any Means But When Someone Asks Me What’s My Operating System Usually Just “Windows” Isn’t Sufficient. Yet For Some Reason Or Another Just Saying My Phone Is Running “Android” Nobody Seems To Care What Version Or Number.

          • Windows XP(NT 5), Windows Vista(NT 6), Windows 7… I think you get the gist of it. Either way, that’s a false argument. While the Vista users didn’t expect free upgrades, they were able to pay for a copy of Windows 7 and upgrade that way. We can’t pay Motorola, Samsung or Google $50+ to upgrade our Android devices.

            Also, please stop using the shift key or autocaps.

          • Windows XP(NT 5), Windows Vista(NT 6), Windows 7… I think you get the gist of it. Either way, that’s a false argument. While the Vista users didn’t expect free upgrades, they were able to pay for a copy of Windows 7 and upgrade that way. We can’t pay Motorola, Samsung or Google $50+ to upgrade our Android devices.

            Also, please stop using the shift key or autocaps.

          • Also, saying just “Android” is beginning to become insufficient (whether it’s good or bad, I don’t know). There are tons of apps out there there are made for 2.0 and up only. I’m suspect that when Honeycomb comes around, the “problem” will be even more prevalent.

          • Well Mike Janacek, WINDOWS is the operation system, WINDOWS XP, WINDOWS VISTA, AND WINDOWS 7, are different versions of the SAME OPERATING SYSTEM. Jackass.

          • Name 1 Service Tech Who Can Diagnose Your Computer By Telling Them You Only Have Windows. They Need More Information Than That, That’s The Way Microsoft Is Marketing It. So Before You Start Calling People Jackasses Think Before You Speak.

        • jason6g

          I agree that vista users didnt get a *free* update, but they did have the ability to upgrade if they wanted to. To date vista, and even xp users still receive updates to their build.

          The problem with samsung, in my opinion, is they realease a nice piece of hardware, and then kill it with software – bing, 2.1 and dont give anyone the *option* to update to 2.2

          I think the fascinate and the tab are both awesome! but they dont do anything more than an apple product, and cost just as much. For me, and many others, that is a big deal, and considering i cant even remember how long the droid 1 has been running froyo, pretty sad that the latest and greatest cant even stack up to a year old device

      • Anonymous

        +1 as well, we’veall been used to the update routine in the IT world and sometimes we forget that even though we are talking about mobile technology, updates give the computer manufacture the ability to change, fix and improve thier devices in accordance with thier hardware specs. .

        To answer the orginal question ” Why is it that people feel that they are entitled to updates? When did this become the standard? ” If we just bought a device that is not capable of software updates, fixes or improvements, that would really cripple the consumer and you would asking “Why can’t we have updates or be able to run the latest upgrade?” or fixes. .

    • Kevin

      Actually a clear roadmap so people can make good decisions (or at least informed bad decisions). If Honeycomb really requires a dual processor to run then maybe there’s something wrong with Honeycomb. That’s crazy talk.

      Why shouldn’t we expect the device we bought today to be able to run the OS of next month?

    • I’m Guessing He Owns A Samsung Galaxy S…

    • I’m Guessing He Owns A Samsung Galaxy S…

    • Anonymous

      When I spend 500+ dollars on a big cell phone, at the very least I expect updates.

  • Anonymous

    Who knows. Maybe this is why the Tab went down in price – a newer Galaxy Tab might come to Verizon. 🙂

    • Michael Scrip

      This is hardly a surprise. I read back in September that the current Galaxy Tab will only get Gingerbread.

      Samsung will have new tablets for Honeycomb.

      “Samsung’s head of product planning, WP Hong, has said that “moving forward, with Honeycomb, that will be used in the next generation tablet, as it is specifically optimized for different type of tablet, and will be used on another product only.”

      http://www.engadget.com/2010/09/02/samsung-exec-says-next-tablet-will-use-android-honeycomb-gala/

  • Christopher

    1st! Does that support the 3.0 rumor as well?