Google Glass adopts ancient 2011 smartphone chip

Google Glass adopts ancient 2011 smartphone chipJust look at that delicious product on the left. I want one…

Leaving Isabelle Olsson to the side for just a moment, we’re hearing a little more about Google Glass specs, specifically that it uses a smartphone chip dating back to 2011. Good lawd.

Some guy (developer Jay Lee, to use his actual name; check him out on Google+) has discovered that Google Glass specs aren’t worth getting overly excited about.

Larry Page has already conceded that we should brace for, no, not Jelly Bean, but Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0.4).

Building on that lacklustre promise, Lee has outed a couple more Google Glass specs, specifically an OMAP 4430 CPU, possibly dual-core, and a reported 682MB of RAM of what appears to be 1GB total.

Processor nerds will immediately recall that the OMAP 4430 first appeared in Q1 2011, ultimately powering such hits as the BlackBerry PlayBook, Motorola Atrix 2 and the original Amazon Kindle Fire.

Of course, with its fairly limited functionality, those specs could be more than enough to keep Google Glass ticking over.

Hopefully we’ll learn more from Isabelle and friends come Google I/O, which opens its doors on May 15.

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barrybarryk  Apr. 29, 2013 at 20:05

This is why I don't really get the Glass approach to wearable computers. Mobile phones are not by any stretch of the imagination prohibitively large or rare and thanks to their particular form factor, can accommodate much larger batteries and hence more powerful processors.

Why isn't Glass a (relatively) 'dumb' phone peripheral using bluetooth (or any of the other wireless standards) to connect to a central unit, that way the device could have much, much better battery life whilst at the same time having access to a much better standard of hardware. It's just laughably inefficient and unnecessarily restrictive on the hardware unless you're going to try and convince me that you're going to use one of these instead of carrying a mobile phone.

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 29, 2013 at 22:03

barry barry, barry... didn't you hear what Sergey Brin said: mobiles "emasculate the user"... They are making you look like a girl. Which is ironic given Miss Olssen's gender, but hey, we are in Sergey's fantasy world, not mine.

I stand by what I've said a few times before: you enter my personal space (ahem, say, sneeze reach) wearing one of those geek wonderbras and I will punch you. Not hard, maybe... But just enough. Eric Schmidt said, we'll have to adjust social etiquette when they become public... there's my 'adjustment'.


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