Originally Posted by ZealotKi11er
The only thing i can see the needs for more speed is for Flash based Content. That being said if they do release Quad Core optimized software then its a good thing. Thats the point of having Quad core when you will have to wait 1 year for software to catch up. Nobody should buy a Phone based on specs alone.
The performance problem with Flash is not about the number of cores. It's mostly about single thread performance, and graphical acceleration. If you don't play graphically heavy games on phones, for now there isn't really no need for quad core. Rather, the raw performance of each core need to be improved.
There is limited multitasking one can do on a phone right now, so there is limited scope on getting significantly higher performance just by increasing the number of cores. You can have apps running in the background, say, syncing data, while you are doing something else. But unlike desktop computer, you don't run into situation where you have a few apps opened and running on your home screen.
I can see future tablet OS will take advantage of the availability of multi-core CPUs in a year or two, and introduce more desktop-like multitasking. It remains to be seen how this can be implemented on a phone with highly limited screen real estate.