A couple of months ago, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop suggested that Android’s multi-core phones were simply a drain on battery, and not necessarily of benefit to consumers.
Now we’ve got Intel chiming in, adding that multi-core processors haven’t been properly optimised for Android.
Of course, this comes just as the Orange San Diego touches down with a single-core Atom processor, but Intel isn’t intimidated by its multi-core ARM-based rivals.
Indeed, Mike Bell, GM of Intel's Mobile and Comms Group, reveals: “We ran our own numbers and [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.
"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 SoCs, but they just haven't bothered to do it."
Speaking to The Inquirer, Bell hinted at multi-core Atom chips (inevitable, surely), but neglected to give an ETA.