I think I know why Gingerbread was delayed for over a month and there were rumors of dual-core Nexus S phones. Samsung Mobile didn’t have a dual-core processor for their own smartphones so they wanted to push back the release of Android 2.3 to buy more time to catch up with their competitors like LG. Samsung had an exclusive on the release of Android 2.3 and used it to their advantage.
During the time that Gingerbread was pushed back, Samsung went shopping for the best dual-core processor that’s currently available and that happens to be NVIDIA’s Tegra 2. A report from Citigroup analyst Glen Yeung suggest that Samsung, “placed a sizeable order with Nvidia for Tegra 2 chips in the first half of 2011, geared for both tablets and smartphones.”
The Tegra 2 order is so big ($250 million to $350 million) that it’s more than the current full-year 2011 estimate of some analysts who were predicting revenue of $275 million. This backs up the Digitimes report from yesterday that said Samsung was going with Tegra 2 for Android tablets.
Now that Samsung has access to the Tegra 2 processor, they can use it in their Honeycomb tablet and next Gingerbread phone. The initial wave of dual-core phones are still expected to ship with Android 2.2 since Google hasn’t released the source code for Android 2.3 yet.
This means that Samsung’s competitors either delay their phones to launch with Android 2.3 or they will go ahead with Android 2.2 and then update them after launch. Samsung’s engineers have been working closely with Google on Gingerbread for the Nexus S and we think they will have no problems getting it on a dual-core phone.
How fast do you think Samsung could sling out a Tegra 2 phone with Gingerbread? They are the world’s largest conglomerate company and the top producer of Android phones so now we get to see them flex their muscles.
Could we actually see a Tegra 2 smartphone and tablet in a couple weeks at CES in January? Mobile World Congress in February? Or is it CTIA in March?