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Google to set hardware standard for Android 3.0?

Google is reportedly looking to implement a standardised hardware platform for Android 3.0 devices according to sources within Far Eastern electronic manufacturers.

Industry watch site the DigiTimes quoted unnamed sources within the notebook manufacturing industry who claimed that the internet giant may even negotiate with CPU IP design house ARM in order to bring about a standardised platform for the revamped tablet-friendly OS.

It’s possible the sources could be referring to a set of minimum ARM licensed components such as a particular type of multi-core CPU and media acceleration and 3D video components necessary to implement an Android 3.0 platform.

Microsoft went a step further with the launch of Windows Phone 7, setting tight system specifications including a specific make of system-on-chip to power the first wave of Windows Phone handsets. Android, by contrast, has benefited greatly from enabling smartphone makers to ship an array of low end to high end handsets.

Notebook industry sources reported by the DigiTimes appeared to be receptive to the supposedly new standardised Android 3.0 platform, despite potentially limiting range of market segments for Android 3.0 devices.

The manufacturers said such a move would reduce the time of upgrading operating system versions across a wide variety of hardware specifications as well as potentially improving the quality of the OS itself.

Google controversially halted the release of Android 3.0 source code in a move which it said was in order to avoid devices appearing with Android 3.0 which the OS was not yet suited such as smartphones.

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