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Texas Instruments throws in the towel on OMAP, to limit work on smartphone and tablet chips

0. phoneArena posted on 26 Sep 2012, 03:27

Texas Instruments has been under investor pressure lately to give up its mobile chips program that culminates with the ARM-based OMAP processor family. It was consuming so much money and human resources, they said, without gaining much traction against a juggernaut like Qualcomm, which packages its Snapdragons with LTE radio for a complete solution, preferred by most customers...

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posted on 28 Sep 2012, 08:21

42. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5713; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

yeah, Sense and HTC's conservative batteries are really the only turn offs they give me. i want to get an 8X as a secondary kind of.



from what i'm seeing so far it doesn't seem to be so impressive but we'll see.

lol, it's nice to see Manufacturers stepping up their game but it sure does make the choices hard for us. xD

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 11:45

43. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)

I like the 8X, but WP just never really did anything for me.

I don't believe those leaks, ARM11 CPU? Sounds fishy. That's probably a mistake. I don't believe they would make a low-end Nexus, then fans from other platforms would get it an say "Even the new Nexus has lag, Android sucks!" The lowest one of the Nexus should be is mid-range, to keep the price down a bit but still have great performance, like Google and Asus did with the Nexus 7.

I do enjoy more competition, but it does indeed make it harder on the consumer to choose a device. I swore off any non-Nexus device after getting my GS2, so I thought it would be easier for me to choose considering there's only 1 Nexus per year, but of course the year I decide to switch to Nexus permanently they decide to make multiple Nexus. And Motorola's latest devices might as well be considered Nexus because they have close to stock Android and should be updated quite quickly thanks to that, so that expands my options further to the new Razr series.

First world problems; it's so hard to choose a new smartphone :(

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 13:56

44. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5713; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

i actually owned a Trophy for a little bit so that i could give WP7 a fair shake and there's a lot to like in WP especially if you're as plugged into Microsoft services like i am with Hotmail, Xbox Live & Skype. the only things i really didn't like about it was it's terrible lack of power and the lack of application support and now that one of those 2 things have been resolved i'll be ready to try to jump on the bandwagon soon but the 8X...man, it might make me jump on sooner than i thought.

i was paying more attention to the rumor of it having dual A9 cores which might would make sense if they're trying to make a cheap Nexus phone equivalent to the N7. it might be the OMAP4470 that's being used in the new wave of e-reader tablets.

yeah, the phrase "be careful what you wish for" has never been so true. xD

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 16:20

45. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)

I had a couple days of personal use with the Radar, and it was nice for the most part but I just couldn't get over WP for some reason. The UI just bothered me somehow. And considering I'm more integrated into Google than I am Microsoft, it really didn't offer me anything over Android.

The OMAP 4470 in a cheap Nexus is actually a viable idea. Considering that the OMAP 4470 beats out the Tegra 3 in terms of GPU, it is very likely we might see it in a mid-range Nexus handset this year.

I just wanted things to be easy... But no, everything is more complicated and I had to come up with a new system for buying a phone this year. Never fails lol

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 16:32 1

46. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5713; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

oh yeah, Android will definitely be for you for a while longer then.

it really is. i mean it's not something i would get but just like what Google wanted to accomplish with the N7 it would get people more plugged into Google services and exposes the pure Android experience to the world more so those are definite pluses.

yeah, every year so far the Motorola/Verizon flagship combo has always been the easy choice for me but now there's things coming at me from all fronts.

posted on 29 Sep 2012, 04:49 6

47. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)

You know something I've always wondered about the next Nexus? What if it's not multiple manufacturers making separate Nexus, but multiple manufacturers combining their technologies together to make a super Nexus?

A design like the Razr and One X had a love child, with the Nexus "X" logo in the middle of the Kevlar (Razr-esque style with the Motorola "M"), a Sony camera, Motorola antennae, either a 4.7" S-LCD 2 display or 4.7" new RGB S-Amoled HD display, 2 GB RAM, and a S4 Pro quad.

Not only that, but they would make 3 phones, the super Nexus mentioned above, and a mid-range and low-end Nexus. Like this;

Super Nexus; S4 Pro quad, 2 GB RAM, 4.7 HD display (SA+ HD or S-LCD 2) and Sony 13 MP camera. Priced $500-600

Mid-range Nexus; regular S4, 1 GB RAM, 4.5 inch HD S-Amoled display (No RGB), and 8 MP Sony camera. Priced $300-400

Low-end Nexus; OMAP 4470, 1 GB RAM, 4 inch qHD LCD display, and 5 MP Sony camera. Priced $200-300

All sharing similar designs, and being sold on the Google play store in 16 or 32 GB models.

High end Nexus should be called Nexus Prime, I don't know about the others, but the flagship should be the Nexus Prime. Or Nexus Omega... or is that too gaudy?

posted on 29 Sep 2012, 05:22 1

48. cepcamba (Posts: 717; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)

@KingKurogiii @Berzerk000 all your talks about this/these upcoming Google children sure are sweet!

I just have to add my own fantasy:
-sexy kevlar or a unibody ala OneX
-mammoth battery (at least 2000mah)
-8mp BSI sensor
-720p screen at 4.5"-5" (AMOLED or LCD doesn't matter to me)
-Processor.... as long as it's dual S4 and above I'm fine with that.

That's my Nexus and it's probably an HTC or a Moto. :p

posted on 29 Sep 2012, 13:35 1

50. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5713; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

nice, i guess you'll be interested in a Razr HD if there's not a Nexus that tricks your trigger huh?

posted on 30 Sep 2012, 01:57 2

51. cepcamba (Posts: 717; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)

I actually want to trade-in my Xperia S and add some cash to get a Razr Maxx HD. I like to new Moto UI, it's really the nearest to Vanilla among stock UIs. If it gets plenty of dev support then I'm solidly sold.

I can see myself holding on to something like that for about two years. BUT if a Moto Nexus comes and have the same (or nearly the same) specs and materials then it's a no brainer for me XD

posted on 29 Sep 2012, 13:33 1

49. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5713; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

that's an interesting theory, one i wouldn't mind seeing come true. o:

or Nexus Supreme! >;D

posted on 01 Oct 2012, 04:02

52. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)

Nexus Supreme? Seems a bit forward... I like it. But Google is a bit more modest than that lol

So much going on; all of this new Nexus talk, back to back releases of new and exciting devices, and I'm going to build my own PC next month... So much nerd, too much, too much...

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 05:47 4

11. evil_slayer (Posts: 50; Member since: 23 Nov 2011)

damn it...i was really looking forward to the OMAP 5 Chipset
OMAP 4 was really really good :/

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 05:58

12. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1236; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)

OMAP5 up in smoke! I hope by "shifting focus away" they don't completely shut down mobile chips. You never know they might take a backseat in the game right now but may surprise us in the future! Just hopin...moreover diversity is good for us folks.

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 06:06 2

13. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

I'm also an OMAP fan.

Oh well. Maybe Motorola could team up with them and offer a chip like the new Snapdragon that has LTE embedded. Since Motorola was one of their biggest customers.

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 06:45

14. Jimstar (Posts: 259; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)

dangit, and OMAP5 chips were set to come out this quarter weren't they?

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 07:54 1

18. Retro-touch (Posts: 279; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)

Maybe there wasn't enough interest from customers (Samsung, Motorola etc..) as has been mentioned they have their own chipset solutions. Not enough business means losses and businesses don't run on goodwill, even if the tech is good the markets gotta be there

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 06:52

15. Jimstar (Posts: 259; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)

also will they at least continue to do updates for the virtual sea of devices running their OMAP4 chips?

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 07:02 1

16. mercorp (Posts: 1043; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)

Goodbye,and thanks for powering tje razr,kindle fire and others.

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 08:11

19. u-suck-more (Posts: 529; Member since: 26 Aug 2011)

i hope they will actually come back few years down the road..

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 08:27

21. Captain_Doug (Posts: 1035; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)

I was really looking forward to having the 5430 in my next device. I literally have it on my dreamphone setup.

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 11:42

23. Techboi (Posts: 84; Member since: 20 Sep 2012)

Hopefully a device will come out with Omap5 at least

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 12:51

26. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)

I guess TI messed up on OMAP 5 badly and instead of playing catchup, decided to go into some other market.

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