LEAK ALERT: Google Chooses Texas Instruments’ OMAP4 As Processor Of Choice for Ice Cream Sandwich

If you’ve been keeping your eyes peeled for every bit of Nexus Prime news while you anxiously wait around for Google’s upcoming superphone, we may have a juicy bit of info for you. Today, a Texas Instruments PR rep let it slip via email that they will be in close partnership when it comes to Google’s next version of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich. The image, seen above, was included in the email.

Until now, we haven’t seen TI make very much of a huge Android presence with their chips being found mostly in Motorola devices but it looks like all of that may soon change. When Google announced they would be working closely with Nvidia, electing the Tegra 2 the go-to processor for Honeycomb, we saw just about every tablet hit the market with that particular chipset (and quite a few phones as well).

As far as developing for future versions of Android, Google’s Andy Rubin has gone on the record saying,

“What we do is pick our partners, a semiconductor partner, an operator, and an OEM and then combine them all together. This is the device that engineers have on their desk when they come in the morning.”

Ice Cream Sandwich will be the melding of tablet and phone OS into one seamless experience. It will finally allow for developers to create one app that will work on both smartphones and tablets. We say this a lot around here, but honestly, I can’t wait to see what the future holds for Android. All that’s left now is for Google to pick a manufacturer and a carrier for their new Nexus. Anyone excited or upset that Google is now in bed with Texas Instruments for your beloved Nexus Prime?

[Via Cnet and A&M]

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  • Jordan Pfingsten

    Trading HTC Thunderbolt perfect condition for Nexus Prime.

  • tehsusenoh

    4470! *crosses fingers*

    • http://twitter.com/gamercore Chris Chavez

      LOL! Could be… but I thought that wasn’t coming til 2012? Most likely the 4460 which ain’t no slouch either.

      • tehsusenoh

        A man can hope. I wish the Bionic had the 4460 in it than the 4430 of the Droid 3, but ya know.

    • http://profiles.google.com/eckoinlasvegas Steven Skwarkowski

      Im hoping for the 5430!

  • http://twitter.com/cr0wnest t1mothy tAn


  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WGW66G74T3MCAJVAU4LVJVWD5M Beau

    pleeeeease choose HTC…

    • http://techdomino.com/ Lucian Armasu

      They won’t, because HTC doesn’t want to use anything but Qualcomm chips, so blame HTC if anything.

    • DYNK

      How About SAMSUNG + ORION CHIP anyone?

  • Kevin Bruton, Esq.

    That is awesome news… I cannot wait to see how powerfully the device stacks up against current gen heavyweights like the photon and evo 3d and mytouch 4g and thunderbolt.

    • BenChase7

      will be interesting! Although i dont really think the T-Bolt is a heavyweight.. with its dual (EDIT: SINGLE) core. It was really late to the party.

      • Michael Suriel

        thunderbolt is single core…

        • BenChase7

          Thats what i meant, Thanks!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mehdi-Jaffery/614900473 Mehdi Jaffery

    please verizon for me

    • John


      ^see what i did there? means two things on the internets now ;)

      • HalfwayCrook


    • $6143719

      Passed on Nexus 1, passed on Nexus S, history of using Bing on “Google” phones, and selling iPhone 4 now. Who knows, you might get the Nexus Droid : )

  • abqnm

    Maybe now we will get a Verizon Motorola Nexus M! Running ICS, 1.5GB RAM and OMAP 4470. It could happen.

  • http://twitter.com/Erock_2 Erick Bernal

    Anything But Motorola

  • hijackerjack

    It’s only logical in all honesty. They’ve done Qualcomm, Samsung, now it’s TI’s turn.

    • http://profiles.google.com/brooklynboiz Jamille Browne

      intel’s next after

  • Alan Paone

    I wonder if there’ll also be a nexus tablet to go with the Nprime, two sexy gizmos constantly being updated at the same time to show off how portable the OS is. Would they both run on the same chip?

    • https://launchpad.net/~akdor1154 Akdor 1154

      a great possibility with some merit. Your post also had me wondering about an Atrix-style setup (maybe with a “tablet” dock instead of a “laptop”, or even with either available for purchse) – the UI could change depending on whether the phone was docked or not.

  • fahadayaz

    It would be awesome if they released both a new tablet and phone running ICS at launch. Any possibility of that?

    • http://twitter.com/gamercore Chris Chavez

      Like a… Tabfone? o_O

      • phoenix_fire

        BOTH a new tablet and new phone, meaning two devices

    • abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwkyz

      then apple would sue.

  • http://www.cjmillisock.com/ Chester Millisock Jr
  • sethtechm

    Why can’t Google step it up and be the leader like they were with the n1. Dual core? Seriously Google what a disappointment. Once again the device will be obsolete in a few months after release. Google your idea of planned obsolescence is seriously hurting you. If you want an iPhone killer go quad core!

    Also, if they choose Motorola that would be such a let down. Kind of like what happened with buzz and wave.

    Starting to think Google needs better executives. .

    • http://twitter.com/gamercore Chris Chavez

      LOL! Why on God’s green earth would you need a quad-core in smartphone? Dual-cores just came out without an OS to support it and you’re already onto QUAD?

      As far as I remember, even smartphones that will be using Nvidia’s Kal-El wont be technically be quad core. They’ll be dual-core Kal-El’s.

      Kinda like how Macbooks use dual-core Core i7’s.

      • sethtechm

        The majority of the i7’s are dual core if I remember right. You tube the Tegra 3 and you understand. Since you can use ics as a USB host you can play games on your TV from your phone. Quad core would make that seamless. Not to mention with the right governor quad core would use less energy then a dual clocked at 1.8

        • http://twitter.com/gamercore Chris Chavez

          I would think a dual-core with an even beefier GPU would be able to output to even 1080p and play graphically demanding games (which are few) just fine.

          I mean, I’m all for more power, but most people want “MOAR COREZ” just for the sake of cores. It’s silly..

    • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

      Why Motorola makes great hardware

      • sethtechm

        IMO they are the worst manufacturer out there

        • Big_EZ

          Motorola makes the best hardware, its just that they gimp it up with their UI and locked bootloader which wouldn’t be a problem if they made a nexus phone. A Motorola Nexus phone would be great, the best hardware completely open.

        • phoenix_fire

          eh, i’d say that aside from screen and processor, samsung is the worst one.

          • AnGeLFaCe77

            could not agree more the best is MOTO then htc and then samsung

        • AnGeLFaCe77

          they are the best MOTOROLA FOR LIFE

    • HalfwayCrook

      More cores doesnt mean better processor. Just look at the exynos, it’s probably just as good, if not better then kal-el. TI makes some kick ass chips

      Answer me this, does your laptop (which obviously has more processing power then any quad core mobile chip) have more then 2 cores?

      • abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwkyz

        mine has four.

  • Alchemy08

    Skipping on the Free Nexus S after just reading this news, i can’t waste my upgrade not one bit, TI chips consume less battery than any other chip manufacture in the market. So im gonna wait it out. thanks for the news.

  • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

    qanother reason to get the bionic

  • Siddharth Marawar

    I was REALLY hoping for the Nexus 3 to have either the Tegra 3 processor or at least the Qualcomm Snapdragon Krait(28nm) processor. I think I’m gonna have my good ol’ Nexus One a little while longer than I had planned.

    • HalfwayCrook

      TI’s chip will be as good if not better then Kal-el. More cores doesnt mean better processor

  • Vikram Bhasin

    HTC and if google was smart they’d put it on all 4 big us carriers…eventually

    • sethtechm

      Not eventually, but the day it was released

    • dbcad7

      Google is smart.. but they don’t get to choose the carrier.. I’m sure all carriers are offered and make the choice… Now that 3 of them have had a Nexus.. maybe there is a chance it could make it to all four this time.

      • AnGeLFaCe77

        verizon and motorolla nexus prime bring it on

  • phoenix_fire

    so how come you keep calling it nexus prime, chris? i haven’t seen it be called that anywhere in any article.

    • gs6456

      A quick google search should answer that question.

  • http://www.facebook.com/MrNobodyWTB James DeWitt

    Despite the g2x fiasco, I would like to see what LG would do, given the option to make the next Nexus.

    • kid_352003

      Same here, LG hardware seem to be great. The software issue should be fix since Google would be doing all the testing. I also would like to see a new article on the G2X since GB because me being one of the few have had no problem with mine.

  • Juan Carlos Contreras

    I careless who Google decides to choose for a manufacturer! I will get the Nexus Prime regardless!

  • http://twitter.com/kujayhawks77 Michael Radcliffe

    Samsung will be the manufacturer.

  • thaum

    This was kind of obvious, as Google have been tracking/working on the omap variant of their kernel in AOSP for a while now.

  • schwartzman93

    Im really thinking that this might come to verizon since they are using the OMAP processor…because didnt they swap out the Tegra processor in Droid Bionic for OMAP because the Tegras have problems with LTE

  • http://twitter.com/jon_dor Jon Dor

    All this brand speculation, people – but aren’t we missing the obvious? LG is the maker of the “Optimus” range… “Prime” seems a pretty logical fit!

    • KenanSadhu

      Optimus Prime!

      • smithers85


      • Psylocke0834

        Wouldn’t Asus have a say on this? LOL!

  • HiyaBuddy

    I got me an n1 a month after it came out and I thought it was the best phone out there I loved it and didn’t want to move on. I wasn’t impressed by the nexus s and got a G2X but recently switched to sprint for the EVO 3D :) please let them pick HTC for the Nexus 3/prime whatever el goog will call it. Either that or give me a quad core 2ghz phone with 2gb of RAM and 32 gb of internal storage and make it expandable (nexus s FAIL) camera with xenon flash and 1080p video 720p screen resolution and and HD front facing camera throw in an LTE module and we’re golden. Oh and don’t forget one thing make the phone the batterys bitch lol battery technology makes the battery the phones bitch.

    • gs6456

      Those are some heavenly sounding specs. I’m sure it won’t be too long.

  • HalfwayCrook

    That picture is AWESOME

    • KenanSadhu

      I thought so too =D

    • https://sites.google.com/site/barry99705/ barry99705

      Poor Ice Cream Sandwich Android chick looks like a rape victim. Dress half torn off, being held back by a Village People reject…..

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=507041011 James McPartland

        Well we are talking about Texas!! LOL

      • Alexander Ramirez

        And now she’s got herpes, or something, at least chickenpox.

  • JulianZHuang

    i will be more surprised if Verizon got it.

  • quick

    Definitely going to be Motorola (the Nexus Prime) which is not surprising after all they were working quite closely with Google on the Xoom.

    • AnGeLFaCe77

      moto will have the nexus prime sorry for the haters of motorolla

      • Synacks

        Wrong. Moto can’t handle making a display like that. Only LG and Samsung can do that. And nobody wants an LG phone anymore so that leaves Samsung. Google and Samsung are like best friends right now, it’s going to be that way on the Nexus 3. 720p SAMOLED like B2L said would completely destroy any and all competition.

        • AnGeLFaCe77

          Moto always come out with something better the display on samsung is to colorful

        • EarlyMon

          The LCD PenTile displays on the Motorola Atrix and Photon 4G are made by Samsung.

          Motorola doesn’t make mobile displays, and if you recall Samsung’s statements from last year, they promised they’d be back selling their AMOLED-type displays to all comers by now.

          So, if you buy a high end Motorola, in any case, you’ve just bought a Samsung display.

    • B2L

      Just because it’s using a TI chip doesn’t mean it’s going to be Motorola. “What we do is pick our partners, a semiconductor partner, an operator, and an OEM and then combine them all together. This is the device that engineers have on their desk when they come in the morning.”

      With that being said, Google already worked with Motorola on the Xoom so it’s not likely they will make the next Nexus device. I’m betting they will stick with Samsung because of SAMOLED and because Google seems to have a good partnership with them, you can’t expect Motorola to make a device with a 720p display and it seems like HTC would fail miserably at that as well.

      I’m really hoping it will be made by Samsung. 720p SAMOLED would completely dominate the competition.

  • http://profiles.google.com/brooklynboiz Jamille Browne

    Heres an option that isn’t thrown out widely Sharp I wouldn’t mind Sharp I hate the Omap processors though samsung or Qualcomm for me.

  • Daniel Filipe Lopes Melo

    Looking at OMAP5 specs and video presentations, it looks like more Ice Cream than OMAP4.

  • RitishOemraw

    Hmmm dunno how TI stacks up against the others, then again, I don’t have any idea how any stack up against eachother….but I’ll take these positive reactions as an indication that I should want the Nexus prime even more now…..so to quote a many online forum posters: “GIEF”

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  • Ogami Itto

    Wouldn’t this cause more fragmentation? Since we already have apps developed specifically for Tegra 2 devices… Now, for ICS, the chip of choice will be the TI OMAP4! I thought ICS was about reducing fragmentation.

    • http://techdomino.com/ Lucian Armasu

      So your solution for fixing fragmentation is eliminating chip competition? By that logic only Intel should make chips for Windows, and charge you as much as they like.

      Those apps were optimized for Tegra 2 first, and perhaps they had a few weeks exclusivity, just like Xperia Play has some exclusity on some games for a while, but those Tegra 2 games work on other chips, too, now.

    • ari_free

      naa Google seems to rotate to make everyone happy. First they use HTC then Samsung then Motorola and nvidia and now TI.

  • jake creed

    good so my droid 3 will be able to get ics. works for me.

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  • http://kennydude.me/ Joe Simpson

    I wonder if it will be an actually affordable phone for me (like not £400-500)

  • http://www.binarybulge.com/ BinaryBulge

    Probably end up passing… I guess we’ll see. All I know is 2 of the possibilities (Samsung and Moto) use horrible pentile matrix screens (say what you want… I’ll never like them… they look grainy and over-saturated). Make it an LG without pentile and MAYBE we’ll talk.

  • meany105

    is there anyway to block/ban this spam/

  • meany105

    does this mean that if i buy a phone with a TI chip “cough” LG Thrill “cough” that it will be REALLY well optimized when ICS comes out?

  • Brian S.

    im so excited!!!!

  • DYNK

    Like button people for ASUS!