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Google To Prefer TI SoCs For Future iPad 2, iPhone 5 Rivals

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 (opens in new tab), 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 (opens in new tab) 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.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.