updated 01:05 pm EDT, Wed June 1, 2011
OMAP 4 said to be next reference platform
Google may be planning to switch its preferred chip maker for the upcoming Android update, known as Ice Cream Sandwich. Although the company has focused on NVIDIA's dual-core Tegra 2 components for tablets running Android 3.0 Honeycomb, the search giant is said to be considering a transition to Texas Instruments' OMAP 4 chips for the next major revision to the mobile OS.
“TI are just so reliable,” unnamed sources told RCR Wireless. "If they say they’ll have something done by Tuesday, it’s done on Tuesday, and it’s done right."
Google has yet to confirm which platform Ice Cream Sandwich will be optimized for, though the TI move, if true, suggests NVIDIA's Tegra 3 hardware may have failed to impress. The successor to Tegra 2 is nonetheless expected to be the first chipset to bring quad-core processors to tablets, with products unlikely to ship before next year.
The same sources claim that Google may already be eyeing Qualcomm for the following version of Android, referred to as Jello. The company is not said to be giving each chip maker a chance in turn, however, as the decision is based on a "purely utilitarian" strategy in choosing the best platform to optimize for. [via GottaBeMobile]