The managing director of a Korean consumer electronics firm has told PC Magazine that the next version of Android, nicknamed "Honeycomb," will need a dual-core ARM-9 processor to run "properly."

Let us note a few things here: Honeycomb, which has yet to be announced by Google but was previewed by Andy Rubin last month on a dual-core Motorola tablet, will run on smarpthones as well as tablets. Rubin said as much. And we know that dual-core smartphones are about to hit the mainstream, with LG having already announced the dual-core Optimus 2X.

So will Honeycomb "require" a dual-core processor? Google hasn't said anything, and we wouldn't bet the farm on it. We need to be a bit careful when talking about what is and isn't required to run Android. Why, it was only a month ago when Googlers had to dispel rumors that there was any hard minimum processor requirement for Gingerbread. Had this story come from anyone other than Sascha Segan and PC Mag, we'd toss it out on merit alone. But it is entirely possible that Enspert managing director Bobby Cha misspoke or was referring to recommended minimum requirements -- not a hard line between whether hardware will actually run Gingerbread or not. We all know that hardware well past its prime will run current Android software.

What hardware is required to run Honeycomb well is another matter, however, and we're all going to have to be just a tiny bit patient here, folks. All things in due time. [PCMag]