Android 3.0 Honeycomb: Will NOT need dual-core processor

There has been a lot of news lately about the Android 3.0 operating system, dubbed Honeycomb, due out sometime in the next few months or so and it’s creating a lot of attention to new tablets that will be running on it announced at CES 2011, such as the Motorola Xoom, an as-yet unnamed Toshiba tablet and the Asus Eee Memo tablet.

Recently we reported on rumors that Android 3.0 Honeycomb might need a dual-core processor device to run on which would of course mean that previous tablet devices may not be able to upgrade the OS. However Vlad Savov over on Engadget will have put a lot of minds at rest with an article today stating that Honeycomb does not need a dual-core processor.

Apparently Google’s own Dan Morrill has solved the query once and for all via Twitter where he said, “Random note: There’s no hard minimum processor requirement for Honeycomb. Trust me, if there were I’d know.” I’m inclined to believe him! However Savov does caution that although this means that technically there’s no dual-core processor requirement, the Motorola Xoom which will be the first tablet released running on Honeycomb does have a Tegra 2 chip and there is likely to be a good reason for this.

An article by Chris Smith over on TFTS also confirms that an LG tablet running Honeycomb will be carried by T-Mobile and will be called the G-Slate so if you want to know more about that hit the link. You may also be interested in our video preview of Android 3.0 Honeycomb. We’d welcome your thoughts about this latest news so please do send in those comments.