Saturday, November 12, 2011

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No Dual Core Hardware For Windows Phone

Single-core Windows Phones sure are great, fast and capable; but dual-cores will plainly be better. When Apple can cook up dual-core support in less than half a year, Why Not Microsoft? So I'm positive Microsoft is capable of the same.

I’ve heard people mention that no software needs dual-core processor support right now. Of course not! Hardware always comes first in a development cycle. No sane developer would code an application that doesn’t work on the platform they are coding for. As soon as we see Windows Phones with dual-cores in them, developers will start harnessing the power and develop awesome applications that need twice the power.

People were saying that Android dual-core devices are laggy, the software isn’t optimized and both cores of the CPU aren’t fully utilized. That may be true in some cases for Android. But what is the case for Microsoft Windows Phone? The fact is, No windows Phone really comes with Dual Power.

Dual-core support is coming in Windows Phone "Apollo", and that allegedly Microsoft is taking its time to incorporate multi-core use properly. However, it is simply ridiculous how long Microsoft are taking: dual-core processors were released to the market in early 2011 and they plan on incorporating support well into 2012. That's more than a year later to simply add support for hardware, and it's plainly not acceptable for a massive company with massive resources.

No Dual Core Hardware For Windows Phone

If you think Windows Phone apps run smoothly with current hardware, just think what they are capable of when they harness double that power.

While the operating system is keeping nice and lean, conserving speed, battery and clock cycles thanks to Microsoft's optimization, third party apps will have all the advantages of multiple threads, multiple cores and parallel processing.

You will be able to edit videos on your smartphone if you so desire. I know that I don’t have a need for this, but for those people who might want to do it they will actually be able to. You could edit photos in real time using Photoshop-like applications. You could put together a song using a specific app. You could have awesome augmented reality apps that are actually smooth to use.

Furthermore, gaming will get a massive boost from having more powerful processors. Dual-core processors help greatly when gaming, and not only due to the boost that the GPUs have in dual-core SoCs. There will be so much more power to harness that mobile gamers will start to see next-generation graphics appearing in the Marketplace. Think that current Windows Phone games are awesome? Well imagine what is possible with more power.

No Grand Theft Auto III For Windows Phone

Did anyone wonder why the recently announced Grand Theft Auto III mobile port is not coming to Windows Phones? Well it’s probably because the processors are too slow, as Rockstar confirmed that it will only be available for the iPhone 4S (dual-core) and high-end Android devices.

Really; I bet with Microsoft optimization it would have been the smoothest on Windows Phone.

I know some people won’t require the features of a dual-core processor, which is why you can go buy a lower-end single-core device. No-one is forcing you to buy a dual-core device; even with Android, single-core devices like the HTC Sensation XL are being produced. Bringing dual-cores will not mean an end to the Lumia 800 or Focus S, and if you are worried about mythical battery life drain then by all means don't buy a dual-core. Just because you might not want a dual-core device doesn't mean it should be restricted from everyone else.

Dual-core Does Not Make The Device More Expensive:

If you hear people saying that Dual-core mobile devices are expensive, that a joke actually. For example, The HTC Titan is retailing for a whopping $650; the Focus S for $550 and the Lumia 800 for $575 (420 euros). Meanwhile over in Android camp the dual-core HTC Sensation is the same $550, the Galaxy S II for $550 as well and even the LG Optimus 2X is available for $400! Dual-core hardware does not make the device more expensive.

There is simply no good reason at all as to why Windows Phone shouldn’t have dual-core hardware. Single-core Windows Phones sure are great, fast and capable; but dual-cores will plainly be better. Dual-cores enable a future of greatness for the platform: they accelerate the capabilities of the platform while providing obvious benefits to the consumer, along with giving opportunities and new channels for developers to create cool new apps.

I truly think single-core Windows Phones are great, but I can see a dual-core Windows Phone that is just so much better.

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