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Motorola Planning 2GHz Android Phone For Later This Year 183

rocket97 writes "On Wednesday, at the Executives Club of Chicago, Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha reportedly decided to chat about the relatively near future of the mobile landscape as he sees it — which, in part, includes the ultimate demise of mobile computers in favor of highly-capable smartphones. This being his vision, Jha discussed Motorola's plans for a smartphone with a 2GHz processor — by the end of this year. While Jha did not want to divulge any further information, Conceivably Tech cites another anonymous Motorola executive who was a little more chatty, talking up a device intended to 'incorporate everything that is technologically possible in a smartphone today.'"
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Motorola Planning 2GHz Android Phone For Later This Year

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  • So? (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 11, 2010 @01:22PM (#32537958)

    Haven't even the marketing types learned by now.that Ghz is a measure of frequency, not speed?

  • Power locked away (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Microlith ( 54737 ) on Friday June 11, 2010 @01:32PM (#32538180)

    I wonder if this device will end up like the Milestone and pretty much all other Android-based Motorola devices, locked down via TrustZone to prevent the user from actually doing what they want with it.

    But I suppose that's the price you pay when patronizing companies that treat the end-user as the enemy.

  • by h4rr4r ( 612664 ) on Friday June 11, 2010 @01:33PM (#32538216)

    On smartphones the update period is often 18 months, verizon does that anyway.
      AT&T does not want any phone that would outshine the iPhone, so don't expect any nice android phones there.

    Hardware fragmentation is the only alternative to stagnation. This is no more an issue than people having different age/power computers. Normal stuff like email and web browsers will work for everyone and spiffy 3d games will just like on pc only run on the latest and greatest.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 11, 2010 @01:37PM (#32538276)

    I mostly agree with you, but here's a thought. Hardware fragmentation exists pretty heavily in the PC market, old computers don't run newer software as well etc. Is that a bigger problem for smartphones considering they're just mini-pcs at this point.

  • by divisionbyzero ( 300681 ) on Friday June 11, 2010 @01:39PM (#32538324)

    in engineering. You can always have everything you want. I'm surprised the world hasn't been perfected yet. :-/ Come on, something has to give somewhere. This announcement is worse than vapor. It's vapor that can never exist. Lame.

  • by Overzeetop ( 214511 ) on Friday June 11, 2010 @01:49PM (#32538514) Journal

    Sure, there will be niche, but I think we've just entered the penis measurement realm here. Personally, I'm going to be impressed when one of these devices can be charged once a week, not every night.* 2GHz will be nice at times - don't get me wrong - but I'm more interested in how little power it will take when in an active sleep state, and how well it will throttle back for background apps. This is no better than that stupid, non-standard 640x960, too-small-to-be-useful screen that Apple is putting on their new phone.

    Perhaps Adobe should figure out how to make flash less processor intensive, rather than having to beef up every mobile processor and suck the battery dry to play video/games with poorly optimized code.

    All apologies to the seventeen developers who plan on using their new android phones as their primary workstation.

    *Yes, both my iPhone and my HTC Fuze can last more than a day, but two days is really pressing your luck if you find you really need them towards the end of the second day.

  • Why? (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Overzeetop ( 214511 ) on Friday June 11, 2010 @01:58PM (#32538670) Journal

    What could you possibly be doing on a 4" screen that requires multiple cores? Are you running a folding program? Massive game platform?

    Hell, there are a total of three things I might be doing "at once" on a phone - listening to streaming (or onboard) music, browsing (whether it be web, contacts, reading, whatever) and sharing an internet connection with someone else. Everything else that's running in the background is essentially timer or interrupt based (alarms, calendar, notifications) and takes practically zero cycles (relative to the billion per second we currently have).

    I'll be honest - I'm rarely doing more than two things at once on my desktop. I leave programs open so I can switch quickly, but even the non-multitasking iPhone saves the state of the program when it "exits" so you come back to right where you left off.

    I'm missing where I would even want two processors eating at my battery life, at least until there's a really pressing reason for it.

  • by Rennt ( 582550 ) on Friday June 11, 2010 @02:29PM (#32539218)

    HTC don't hate their customers. You are just confused about who their customers are.

    Nexus One: Customer = You = Hackable device
    Desire: Customer = Network Provider = Locked down

    Same phone, different customer requirements.

  • Re:So? (Score:2, Insightful)

    by city ( 1189205 ) on Friday June 11, 2010 @03:44PM (#32540572)
    You still talk on your phone? I mean I guess it has that feaure... my phone's app for that isn't so good though. I do however hardly need my home computer anymore.

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