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Multicore Processors - Useless on Phones?
One of the biggest reasons why Android is so successful is the amount of companies competing to put it on the best and most affordable device. When there's competition, the end user always wins. This is why a dual core processor has become such a common selling point with smartphones, that a lot of people look at single core phones as inferior.
The Nokia Lumia 900 of the Windows Phone 7 camp has had a very successful launch, outselling the Galaxy Nexus and Droid RAZR Maxx on Amazon in its first week of launch, so Nokia just may have proven that single core processors can still be very relevant in the very competitive and rapidly expanding smartphone market. Nokia CEO Stephen Elop took that a step further by saying the following in an interview with a Chinese newspaper
"The so-called dual-core, quad-core mobile phones can only waste batteries, but not be useful to consumers all the time."
It's notable, however, that Windows Phone 7 doesn't support mutlicore processors to begin with. Could this be the reason why Elop is so opposed to them? Of course, that may be the Nokia picked Windows Phone 7 to begin with. After all, not having to directly compete with dual core processors has kept their phones much more affordable than the Android counterparts.
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