Tuesday, February 15, 2011

My thoughts on MWC 2011 and the dual core craze

Mobile World Congress 2011 is on, an as expected Samsung, Sony Ericsson, HTC and practically every other company is releasing a new dual core smartphone. We also have a whole slew of new dual core tablets. Tegra 2 is the buzzword. The question is why do we need this? If you old smartphone runs Android 2.1, it will run Android 2.2 and 2.3 faster that it ran 2.1. Android 3.0 has a really nice interface, but you really wont be able to take advantage of it to the fullest until you have apps designed to optimize the dual core structure.

The only advantage I see right now of a device with a dual core processor is the capability to capture 1080p video recording and playback 1080p video content. If this is important to you, by all means, jump on the dual bandwagon.

The question is, how many app developers will develop exclusively for dual core smartphones? I would guess most app developers would want to target a wider market who will still be using devices with processors running from 600MHz to 1GHz and half a gig of RAM or less.

Samsung Galaxy S2

The are some innovations that really are nice to see, at MWC 2011, beyond this more trend to provide more power. With the Samsung Galaxy S2 we have the new Samsung Super AMOLED+ display. It is supposed to provide you with a 80% reduction in battery consumption. Longer battery life is something we do need in todays smartphones. At the same time, Samsung's TouchWiz 4.0 is also a very welcome development.

I think there should be less focus on raw power, and more focus on the user experience. Longer battery life and a more user friendly interface. 

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