US semiconductor giant Texas Instruments has apparently been chosen by Google to become its preferred partner for the launch of tablets, smartphones and other devices that will use the forthcoming Ice Cream Sandwich, the next version of Android.
Although TI is present in the Android market, its usage has been marginal, largely limited to the LG Optimus 3D and the Motorola Droid series with the Nvidia Tegra 2 grabbing most of the headlines and the market this year.
This, according to an email received by Cnet, is likely to change as TI will apparently play a "prominent" part in the launch of ICS, possibly on the same level as Tegra. TI did not confirm or deny any details of the email after being approached by other publications.
Furthermore, Androidandme pointed out that, just like for the Nvidia Tegra 2, months ago, recent commits in the OMAP.git path on the Android Open source project site point to the ICS kernel. It looks therefore very likely that Google is sharing the love, first with Qualcomm for the launch of Android, then with Nvidia and now with OMAP, a strategy that has also been applied when it comes to smartphones.
The next flagship handset from Google is expected to be the Nexus Prime which should be the first ICS smartphone on the market and is likely to come with the OMAP4470, a dual core monster with the PowerVR SGX544 GPU and with a default clock speed of 1.8GHz.