Google’s next release of Android is expected to be a major milestone in the evolution of Android as a platform. With Ice Cream Sandwich, Google will be trying to eliminate fragmentation, or at least minimize it. Android Ice Cream Sandwich will be a single OS which runs on both smartphones and tablets. It will allow developers to optimize their apps for all sorts of devices with new APIs. It will also speed up software updates for devices, which is a huge problem right now.
Today, CNET reported that Texas Instruments’s OMAP 4 chips will be the launch platform for Ice Cream Sandwich. TI has been in the Android game, and its offerings have been used in several Android smartphones, but lately it has been sidelined by Qualcomm and Nvidia. Nvidia’s Tegra 2 was the official launch platform for Honeycomb, but it seems like TI’s OMAP4 will be the first platform powering Ice Cream Sandwich devices.
TI currently has two powerful processors – the dual core TI OMAP 4460 and 4470. The OMAP 4460 is clocked at 1.5 GHz and comes with an SGX 540 GPU, while the OMAP 4470 is clocked at 1.8 GHz and comes with an SGX 544 GPU. The OMAP 4470 is extremely powerful and will be used in high end devices. Even the rumored Google Nexus 3 will apparently be powered by a TI OMAP 4 processor.