The use of multi-core processors can actually make Android devices slower, said Mike Bell, general manager of Intel’s mobile and communications group, who blames Android’s multi-threading capability, or lack thereof, for the operating system’s difficulty in effectively handling powerful CPUs.
The more cores a device has, the more power it requires – and, for the time being, that amount of power is simply too much for Android devices to balance.
“[In] some of the use cases we’ve seen, having a second core is actually a detriment, because of the way some of the people have not implemented their thread scheduling,” said Bell. “I’ve taken a look at the multiple core implementations in the market, and frankly, in a thermal and/or power constrained environment – what has been implemented – it isn’t obvious to me you really get the advantage for the size and the cost of what’s going into that part.”
The finger-pointing also serves to defend Intel’s new single-core Medfield Atom processor. The CPU, which can handle thread scheduling, is competing against significantly more powerful multi-core processors.
“The way it’s implemented right now, Android does not make as effective use of multiple cores as it could, and I think – frankly – some of this work could be done by the vendors who create the [system-on-chips], but they just haven’t bothered to do it,” he said, further criticising chip manufacturers who insist on using multi-core processors to power Android devices.Leave a comment on this article