Quad-Core Phones: The String Attached.
by Steve_Weinstein - 11/8/11 8:47 PM
With news of the HTC Edge, there have been rumors it could be the first quad-core phone on the market. This is cool and I would love to have one, but there seems to be one small string that some people are forgetting about. Will the device, and the operating system ultimately, be able to take advantage of the beefed up unit inside?
See, for those who don't know, hypothetically lets say we could run Android on a new top of the line computer I bought from HP. Now, I have 8GB of RAM, a giant 160GB SSD, disk drive, etc... Though, can Android take advantage of the components? One reason this idea comes into question is because there is already a small hidden software limit on phones when it comes to microSD cards.
On any Android device, the biggest card that it supports is 32GB. Even though I hypothetically put a 64GB card in the phone, it will only recognize it as a 32GB card.
So now I come back to the question, can the operating system take advantage of the components? Even though I run with an 8GB RAM stick, will that speed up performance? Or will the operating system still take advantage of only a maximum of 2GB? Same goes with the processor, do any Android devices actually take advantage of the processor speeds of that a dual-core can offer? If it can't, how could it be any better for a quad-core?
So, what is your people's take on this? Do you think the phones (excluding Apple here since they have proprietary software and devices) will be able to take advantage of these or will it be something that will only have it's full potential unlocked 6 months down the road?