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Google Chooses TI’s New OMAP to Lead the Ice Cream Sandwich Charge?

The image above has been sent out to a number of sites this week as a potential promotional tool for TI to use in the fall, which has led many of us to believe that Google has chosen their OMAP4 processors to further develop Ice Cream Sandwich and possibly even the next Nexus device.  We likely won’t know for sure until we get closer to that Q4 release time frame that Andy Rubin told us about back at I/O, but this would be a pretty good sign as to what we can expect.

Speculation as to which TI processor will make the cut has essentially been narrowed down to the 4460 and 4470.  We have seen the 4430 in devices like the DROID3 and soon to be released DROID Bionic, but are thinking Google will want to step it up a notch with this next Nexus device.  The 4460 can be clocked up to 1.5GHz, pump out full 1080p 3D content and started sampling at the beginning of 2011 (seems like the clear choice).  The 4470 on the other hand hasn’t even started sampling to our knowledge, but is supposed to bring significant graphics and memory improvements over the 4460, while also packing a 1.8GHz punch.  It’s anyone’s guess as to which particular chipset, however, it’s looking like TI has been given the thumbs-up.

You guys good with OMAP4?  Or were you hoping for something out of the Qualcomm camp?  Maybe even NVIDIA’s Kal-el?

Via:  CNET, Android and Me

  • Anonymous

    The OMAP4470 with the PowerVR SGX544 GPU would be good. But the OMAP4460 already seems to be outclassed in a lot of ways by the competition. If the next Nexus has the 4470 CPU and a 720p AMOLED display like the rumors have been suggesting, then I may have to force myself to wait yet again.

  • Just to make this clear, even if Motorola was to make the next Nexus Google would NEVER allow them to put a locked bootloader on it, maybe at worst they would feature some sort of unlockable bootloader such as in the Xoom but not a completly locked down on like for example in a Droid X. I actually hope Motorola makes the next Nexus, Motorola Hardware and Look + Google experience vanilla android + ICS = EPIC followup to the Nexus S

  • Mrs. Ice Cream Sandwich looks kind of promiscuous in this picture.  Almost like Mr. Andy from Texas there took her by force.  Judging by the eyes, she doesn’t look to happy.  Hope this is not ominous…

  • ll want to step it up a notch with this next Nexus device.  The 4460 can be clocked up to 1.5GHz, pump out full 1080p 3D content and started sampling at the beginning of 2011 (seems like the clear choice).  The 4470 on the other hand hasn’t even started sampling to our knowledge, but is supposed to bring signif

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  • The 4430 in my D3 is awesome.  You can literally go to a flash video, and crank the setting up to 720p (haven’t tested on 1080p yet) without a hitch.  Games are smooth as butter, battery life is great, page rendering is great, and most everything is top notch, except Moto’s poorly (though aesthetically unrivaled) launcher.  So yes sir, you bet your boots I’m going to be using my dad’s upgrade on the Nexus Prime (or put it on my Christmas List from Papa Noelle) and give the D3 to him.  I will be missing the crap out of the keyboard though.  This is easily the best keyboard in town!

    Long live Texas Instruments!!!


  • Blueethernov13

    wow, just last year my droid x had a 1Ghz processor, and that was top of the line. now, its obsolete….I’m just going to grab whatever phone is out when my upgrade becomes available, it useless to try to keep up with the JONES when it comes to phones.

  • Stephen D

    Good news. The OMAP4430 in the D3 is screaming fast. If it paired with hardware accelerated ICS, it would be one of the smoothest phones ever. Or better yet, the 4440 since the CPU and GPU are clocked higher. 

    This could also be good news for updates for the D3 and the Bionic in the future.

    • hkklife

      …and bad news indeed for the X2 (and any other T2-based 2.x phones as well).   The X2 got the ghetto GB update that lacked all of the D3’s goodness and now this makes me think that it’s even more likely to be the redheaded stepchild of the 2011 Moto lineup as far as future updates are concerned.

      Also, when are we going to see some kind of a wrapper that lets us play all those cool THD-optimized games on non-Nvidia hardware (that are in many instances superior overall, at least in the case of these OMAPs and the Exynos)? 

  • Cgmartin33

    GPU acceleration please! It better be implemented into Ice Cream Sandwich or I’m going postal! It seems as if Moto has the same mentality as American car manufacturers…rather than optimize performance we’ll just make it bigger. I play with Winmo and iphones and I’m only jealous of the buttery smooth scrolling. It’s all we are missing with Android…just sayin!

    • super duper

      Totally agree. That is all that is missing with Android. I still cant grasp why Google doesn’t see that. Walk in to anystore where there is Iphones and Andy’s and compare them and nothing touches the gpu of the iphone,(closest thing is launcher pro with option for elastic scrolling off) now compare that to motoblur and all I can say is yikes. Motos skin alone give android a bad name

      • KevinC

        GPU acceleration IS NOT missing with Android.  The latest version of Android, Honeycomb, has it.  Of course Ice Cream Sandwich will as well.  They’re not going to take out features.

      • Wunderwaffe

        The Droid 3 actually has some really good scrolling. I don’t think you have actually seen the new motoblur in action, have you.

    • mine scrolls smooth as butter…

      It’s what YOU are missing.

    • Stephen D

      Agreed. ICS needs well implemented hardware acceleration. HC is still a little bit laggy with it. With some optimizing, it can make a device very smooth. When my 2nd gen iTouch with a 433mhz ARM11 CPU can scroll smoother than a phone with a 1ghz dual core Cortex A9, you know something is wrong. I may not like Apple, but I can admit, they implement hardware acceleration extremely well. 

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  • Anonymous

    TI make excellent processors, this is great news.

  • James Jun

    If Ice Cream Sandwich has proper hardware acceleration, I wouldn’t matter if its an OMAP or an Exynos or an S3/S4, or ever the S2 or Hummingbird. It would run fast, and even faster. 

    • KevinC

      since honeycomb has hardware acceleration i would assume ice cream sandwich would as well.

  • Thank god hopefully this means htc is out of the running

  • Rob Meyer

    Cant wait to get my hands on the first liquid cooled 3.4ghz mobile cpu!

  • I guess the bionic it is then??

  • Anonymous

    I think that at this point, performance isn’t as big of an issue as battery life.  If these processors can run a lot more smoothly and efficient, that would be great.

  • Anonymous

    OMAP4 is very nice. Should make the D3 and Bionic update to ICS nice and smooth.

  • Greg Williams

    Can’t wait for Ice Cream Sandwich on my OG Droid!

  • The Observer

    I don’t care what processor they use, so long as the next Nexus device comes to VZW straight away.

    • The Observer

      And it must be 4G.

  • EC8CH

    Andy’s so much cuter than a silly *pple with a bite taken out of it.

    • Anonymous

       I thought you meant Andy Rubin at first…

  • I was really hoping for Qal-El :/

    • They already said that it woundt be quad core and they would be using dual core for the next iteration

  • Anonymous

    Neat performance, but what about battery life?

    • dave

      I’m sure it’ll still be less than enough to make it through a day of moderate use. Hardware capabilities are solid for the next few years. IMHO, power efficiency is where manufacturers needs to focus effort.

      • Anonymous


  • Anonymous

    I guess I always assumed the Nexus Prime would be packing a Kal-El.  It’s never going to come to Verizon so I suppose it doesn’t really matter.

    • Anonymous

      I don’t think the Kal-El will make it into phones, the battery life with dual cores is already stressed on most phones.

  • I’m getting to the point where I need to stop reading all the Android blogs or I’ll never buy a new Android device.  I just can’t bring myself to commit to a specific device knowing that in just a few short months something way better will come along.  Processor envy is a bitch.

    • Anonymous

      I feel the same way.

      • who doesnt feel like that…that is why i am set on the bionic or sgs2 so whichever drops first its for me

        • Calvin Williams

          I’m kinda interested in the dual core 1.5ghz 720p 1gb ram HTC vita or whatever it’s called. The bionic is extremely boring imo. I would keep my droid charge over the bionic.

          • your name is boring

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    • Anonymous

      How about we get some good hardware acceleration so we can run absolutely smooth, without having to ramp up to quad cores & 8 cores?

  • Anonymous

    Texas Instruments makes great products. I work in projection and the DMD they make for optical engines are incredible. OMAP all the way…. The 1.8GHz is going to be awesome to see. 

  • Anonymous

    Does this mean that Motorola could possibly be involved in the making of the next Nexus? HTC sticks with Qualcomm, and I doubt Samsung would jump ship from their highly favored Exynos processor so quickly. This has left me with more questions than answers…

    • Mack

      My thoughts exactly

    • Plus the fact that Motorola is so tight with verizon sort of make me cream my pants. 

      • That would be awesome for the next Nexus device to be on Verizon.

        • Anonymous

          It will be.. Along with every other carrier. All Nexus phones are available on all carriers.

          • Anonymous

            Um, you can’t get the Nexus One or Nexus S on Verizon.

          • Anonymous

            All Nexus phones have a GSM and CDMA model.. You can get it on Verizon witha bit of magic, it’s not hard.

      • Anonymous

        But then again, putting on Verizon’s network would be up to Google, not Motorola.

        • No, that would be up to Verizon to put it on their network. Google wants their Nexus phones on all carriers. 

    • Jak_341

      Great. We will have the first Nexus with a locked bootloader.

      • This would be a sad development indeed. I have been planning on picking up the new nexus as my next phone, but a locked bootloader?… that would make me question that decision.

      • Anonymous

        Won’t happen.

      • nexus devices would never have a locked bootloader

    • Anonymous

      BGR leaked Samsung, TI OMAP4, SuperAMOLED HD 720p, LTE for specs almost two months ago.

      Phil on AndroidCentral claims he has confirmation of Samsung, 4.6″, ICS, and Verizon. These match up with what BGR said almost entirely.

      This actual legit leak for the processor only confirms one of the above, but in turn it gives greater credence to the possibility of a Samsung (not Motorola) phone. Samsung has used TI for various machines of their own, such as the original Galaxy S.

      If Google insists on the 4460 chip, then I trust they are making the right call.

      • Topweasel

        I don’t know which other phone Samsung could have used a TI chip for in the past. But the Galaxy S did not in any way use a TI chip.

        Looking through their list of Android phones, including previous Galaxies (but not the Galaxy S that you stated) they have used other companies SOC’s instead of their in house chips (like the Hummingbird that the Galaxy S actually uses) but the fall back has been mainly Qualcom (still not TI). In fact I couldn’t find a single Samsung Android phone that used a Omap unit.

        • Ritesh Tripathy

          The Galaxy S i9003 runs on a TI OMAP 3630. 

  • Zach

    4470 please!

  • Anonymous

    I’m all for this. The OMAP processor is one of the best processors put there and my favorite. Though I’d be interested in Qualcomms new battery friendly processor coming. Also, if this is true, we can count HTC out of this. Their loyalty is with Qualcomm and have a strong partnership with them at they wouldnt use any other processor.

    • why is omap your fav?/

  • I’m perfectly happy with OMAP.

    • Raven

      I am too.  I have always been a big fan of the TI OMAP line and the fact the most of the current crop of tablets is based on Tegra is why I have held off on getting one.  First decent quad OMAP tablet that comes out will be the one that I finally jump on.

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  • Im more of a qualcomm fan, but hey… Who can argue with a 1.8GHz duel core? 

    • Anonymous

      Me, if its still laggy.

      • And me it they are constantly fighting. Duel Cores can never seem to solve anything until one is vanquished.

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  • TEXAS!!!!


    I think Kal-el made superb performance !

  • Anonymous

    Makes sense considering the Prime was rumored to have the 4460

  • Anonymous

    Makes sense considering the Prime was rumored to have the 4460