I bought my Nexus One Friday afternoon around 3 o’clock central time. Without hesitating, I chose the FedEx Overnight shipping option. Because Google hates me, my phone was not shipped on Friday. This means I won’t be getting my phone until Tuesday because it won’t ship until Monday. Damn this infernal wretched bastard world. I’ve been waiting half a decade for this moment. I WANT MY GOOGLE PHONE.
This post is actually about mobile processors believe it or not. The Nexus One uses the newly-released Android 2.1 operating system. That’s all fine and dandy, but everybody knows that software is useless without decent hardware that supports it. Like with any computer, the CPU (or processor) is the most important hardware component in the phone, hands down. In fact, almost every single indentifiable issue with your mobile phone can most likely be traced back to your CPU capabilities. Is your video lagging? You have a crappy CPU on your phone. Do you have low battery life? Crappy CPU. Slow wireless connections? Your CPU may be made of crap.
The Nexus One phone was manufactured by HTC. HTC has been integrating Qualcomm processors in their mobile phones almost since inception. The Nexus One uses the Qualcomm QSD 8250 1 GHz (aka “Snapdragon”) processor. Ok, now we are getting somewhere in this post. After researching Qualcomm some more, I discovered that they are in the midst of accelerating their CPU production line for mobile hardware (phones). Additionally, they’re improving the speed of their Snapdragon processors. In fact, they have already publicly announced that by the end of 2010, they will release their 1.3 GHz processor, as well as their DUAL-CORE 1.5 GHz mobile processor.
Big deal, what does this all mean you might ask? Well, despite the obvious fact that your phones will boot-up and process applications much faster – you can expect many new innovations in mobile computing. For example, with a dual-core 1.5 GHz processor in your PHONE, you can decode 1080p/720p video files. Even if you don’t need this, it gives you a very good estimate as to how powerful these processors really are. And to do this while saving as much battery power as possible… that’s an accomplishment. Looks like the mobile industry is evolving nicely. I’m looking forward to a world with less lag.