The subject of Android’s resource hogging is one that doesn’t seem will go away soon. Fans had been hoping for better OS optimisation with Ice

How many cores does Android need to run smoothly?

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The subject of Android’s resource hogging is one that doesn’t seem will go away soon. Fans had been hoping for better OS optimisation with Ice Cream Sandwich, but it is looking like the wait is still on.

Here is a tweet from someone this morning:

How many cores does #Android need to run smoothly? Obviously 4 are not enough. #OneX lags, #SGS3 lags, how come #Lumia with 1 core doesn’t? — Cristian Trohin (@ctrohin)

I have not handled the Samsung Galaxy S III (quad-core) yet, and so cannot say to what extent it lags, but I have handled the Galaxy S II running ICS (dual-core) and the HTC One X (quad-core) and I know for a fact that both lag every now and then.

Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Samsung Galaxy Nexus

Also, user comments about the Samsung Galaxy Nexus abound with performance issues. Apparently, Android ICS is not the optimised OS that we hoped for. Our own Emmanuel Olalere owns a Samsung Galaxy Note (dual-core) and has demonstrated to me the lagging on that device as well.

The question asked in that tweet is pertinent. How many processor cores does Android need to run smoothly, if quad-core CPUs are not adequate to eliminate the lagging? IOS runs smoother on less cores. Windows Phone runs smoother on single core processors. Even Nokia Belle OS is catching up, and on single core processors too….

When will Google finally admit that Android as a mobile OS needs optimisation? And when will they act?

Of course, it is not that the lags change anything. Androids other strengths appear good enough for most of us users to stick with it. Just saying.

 

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60 comments

  1. Let’s keep going, with some luck, before we get to 16 cores, lagging will become history. Give me a lagging multitasking Android quadcore and I won’t envy your crippled but smooth-running iOS and Windows Phone devices.

    Let’s not forget that Microsoft and Apple’s policies of not allowing more than one third party application to run simultaneous could be helping the smoothness of those two platforms.

  2. Its a MACHINE. It can’t be seamless permanently. I used a Galaxy SL (single core) and it ws much smoother than my present primary fone; a blackberry that is like a grandma wit arthritis. My last symbian 60 device used to pause and mull over my commands every now and then same with my dad’s symbian anna device.

    So honestly except I’m not understanding u perfectly, we can’t have a lag free OS. Heck! My laptop lags even with all d abundant raw power Toshiba packed under the hood.

  3. @zsch, its like you are in my mind. This is much ado about nothing. With all the power PC’s have, they lag far more often. Android does more than iOS or Windows phone just like a PC OS, yet the lags are few and far between.

  4. A timely question. However, I still think it is due to the implementation of Android on the devices. Let’s hope jelly beans solves the lagging issues!

  5. zsch,

    So honestly except I’m not understanding u perfectly, we can’t have a lag free OS.

    That is so, so untrue. Of course, if you’re sticking your head in the sand, its easy to arrive at that conclusion 🙂

  6. If PC’s that have been around for much longer and are by far more powerful than mobile devices are not lag-free, it is completely unrealistic to expect Mobile devices to be lag free. On one hand you complain about iOS’ lack of true multitasking amongst other things, on the other hand, you are expecting an OS that offers more to run just as smooth. Is it any coincidence that all mobile OSes that have true multitasking lag? Until iOS incorporates true multitasking, you are comparing grapes and apples

  7. Dont expect a lag free OS anytime soon because as hardware gets more sophiscated, software would also become more sophiscated. Mobile Oses are geared towards being as powerful as their PC counterparts. So the lag is not going anywhere. It can only be made as unnoticeable as possible

  8. iOS does not even do nearly as much work as android. It would have to be crazy if it lagged

  9. zsch:

    If your laptop lags, it means it does not have abundant power. You get what you pay for. Windows would not lag if you have a very capable hardware. Same goes with OSX or Linux.

    There are PC’s that lag. This is very true. But this is not the fault of the OS. The hardware are just too weak or assembled with a limited budget. Android lags with the best available hardware for mobile phones. The same is not true for a PC.

  10. Can’t we just accept the fact that Android is not as optimized as iOS or WP7? They all lag, but Android does the lagging better. Those with Android phones know this. Intel knows this. Heck even Google knows this. It does not mean that Android sucks, nor is it inferior to iOS or WP7. They are just saying the truth.

    Do not be hurt people. I myself own an Android device. I love it, but facts are facts.

    Sources:
    Myself,
    http://www.zdnet.com/blog/hardware/intel-android-not-ready-for-multi-core-cpus/20746
    http://androidandme.com/2011/12/news/android-may-never-be-as-smooth-as-ios-says-ex-googler/

  11. Android follows the traditional PC model of
    rendering occurring on the main thread with
    normal priority.
    This is a not an abstract or academic difference.
    You can see it for yourself. Grab your closest
    iPad or iPhone and open Safari. Start loading a
    complex web page like Facebook. Half way
    through loading, put your finger on the screen
    and move it around. All rendering instantly
    stops. The website will literally never load until
    you remove your finger. This is because the UI
    thread is intercepting all events and rendering
    the UI at real-time priority.

    If you repeat this exercise on Android, you’ll
    notice that the browser will attempt to both
    animate the page and render the HTML, and do
    an ‘ok’ job at both. On Android, this a case
    where an efficient dual core processor really
    helps, which is why the Galaxy S II is famous for
    its smoothness.

    @Glenda, the above statement is from your link and it further buttresses the point Harry n I are making. You cant compare iOS and Android because they implement multitasking in different ways. In the above example, your iOS browser will never render your page until you take your hands of the screen. In other words, it pauses one process to the the other while android attempts to do both simultaneously. In the real sense android is implemented like a PC OS. Many many background processes while iOS does one thing at a time. So expecting the same smoothness is absurd. Android deserves commendation for achieving high levels of smoothness despite doing much much more

  12. Also take note of the similarity between PC multitasking and that of Android. I daresay windows phone 8 will lag because it now implements true multitasking. You dont need to look far to confirm this. Just take your mind back to Pre-Windows phone times i.e windows mobile 6.5. It implemented true multitasking and lag as much as anything

  13. “@Glenda, the above statement is from your link and it further buttresses the point Harry n I are making. You cant compare iOS and Android because they implement multitasking in different ways. In the above example, your iOS browser will never render your page until you take your hands of the screen. In other words, it pauses one process to the the other while android attempts to do both simultaneously. In the real sense android is implemented like a PC OS. Many many background processes while iOS does one thing at a time. So expecting the same smoothness is absurd. Android deserves commendation for achieving high levels of smoothness despite doing much much more”

    – To make the long story short, Android lags much frequently than iOS or WP7. Am I trying to have a debate here? Or am I just stating facts?

  14. To make the long story short, Android lags much frequently than iOS or WP7. Am I trying to have a debate here? Or am I just stating facts?

    Buhahahaha! Glenda, you are evil. Pure, unadulterated evil.

    But seriously, that’s the bottomline. Facts are facts.

    Plus, the writer did say that it can be rectified. Whether or not Google is going to do it is the issue – which was the point of my article.

  15. efe:

    What do you mean we cannot compare iOS and Android? They are both mobile OS so we can compare them. You are the one comparing Android to a PC OS. Which is a valid comparison?

    The Nokia N9 has a very good multitasking OS. It does not lag like Android. Saying that the lagging is because of the multitasking is pure ignorance. What makes you say WP8 will lag?

  16. Windows 8 will lag because it has true multitasking hence will run more background processes. Oranges are sweeter than grapes. Am I not stating the fact? Does it mean you would ignore context? How long have you used a Nokia N9. Is it not the same OS that Mr Mo declared incomplete? Someone asked a very good question which nobody has answered, why is it that PCs with all the raw power still lag from time to time? Is it that the same Microsoft that made the almost lag free WP7 has forgotten how to make lag free OSes? Apple delibrately left out some things that you find on android to gain an advantage on performance. People usually complain about those things. This article is misleading. When you state the “facts”, you put it into context. What Mr Mo did here is like someone saying, Ferraris and Lamborghinis consume much more fuel than Honda without adding that those cars produce far more power than the Honda or saying your 25kva generator consumes more diesel n money than your Tiger generator without stating the fact that the 25kva generator powers more devices than the tiger generator

  17. @Glenda, even your link finds draws parallels between Pc OS and Android so what are you talking about. The aim of your mobile device is to be as powerful and as functional as your pc in order to replace it. So, if android is going the way of a pc OS, I daresay, it is on the right part.

  18. Efe,

    What Mr Mo did here is like someone saying, Ferraris and Lamborghinis consume much more fuel than Honda without adding that those cars produce far more power than the Honda or saying your 25kva generator consumes more diesel n money than your Tiger generator without stating the fact that the 25kva generator powers more devices than the tiger generator

    I see. You want to play that card? Let’s play. Its been a while. Fasten your seat belts, people.

    Suddenly, you’re a champion of context. How many times have you stated context in your many Android fanboyish statements? When you say ignorant stuff like “Android is better than Symbian,” or “BlackBerry is terrible,” you conveniently forget about context.

    Remember the BlackBerry article in which you posted this:

    Only confirms that Blackberry is a terrible device and platform. It seems everything is a good excuse to lag and hang on blackberry. Whatsapp works perfectly on everyother device include feature phones but BB users complain that it craps their phone. It just has problems handling apps.

    Where’s context in that?

    Terrible? In what context? Because BBM Groups causes some BlackBerries to slow down? Efe, that’s bullshit straight from you.

    BlackBerry “just has problems handling apps?” Because of some people’s experiences with WhatsApp?

    WhatsApp has no issues on my BlackBerry. It works fine. I run this blog and my entire office efficiently on my BlackBerry. Can you begin to grasp that? This blog and others, hundreds of emails daily, Gtalk, Messenger, WhatsApp, text, calls, a reseller hosting account, and much more than you could probably do – all on this “terrible” device. It is the most efficient mobile worktool I’ve ever owned.

    Its easy for you to dismiss another platform as laggy and terrible without looking at why, but come here and argue on and on about Android’s lag. Duh. Android lags, for whatever reason you want to pin it to.

    Oh, its because of multi-tasking that Android lags? Hmmm. Perhaps that’s why BlackBerry lags too. Plus all the security protocols that it processes in the background? But who cares really?

    The BlackBerry you so malign – my 9810 – runs as smoothly as any Android device that I have ever used (and I’ve used plenty). I still have the HTC One X in front of me.

    Now, don’t come here and accuse me of anything. One, you are infinitely more guilty of what you accuse me of. Last time I checked the dictionary, it was called hypocrisy. Secondly, as you can see, I can dish it out too – and have no qualms doing so.

    The difference between me and you is that I can own and like a device/platform without being blinded to its weak spots. And then I find workarounds or solutions to those weak spots – Symbian, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone or iOS. You – you are unadulterated fanboyism.

    You talk trash and can’t even read the things you type. Grow up and get over your fanboyism. These things are just mobile, and none of them are perfect. Android lags. Duh!

  19. Lol. Fanboyism……if you put it like that. It doesn’t change the fact that your intention was to show a weakness of a particular OS without putting things into proper context. Its not like it is the first time you have done it. You ask me to grow up, yet you are the one discussing me instead of issues. Android lags for a good reason because it provides more functionality. Can you give us a good reason why Blackberries lag? Are blackberries more functional than other OSes that lag less? When you stop trying to play Devil’s advocate, maybe you would see the point. Your article is delibrately misleading. Simple and short. Your bias is clearly visible. When pointed out to you, you say we have our heads in the sand. Nobody is disputing the fact that iOS and WP7 are smoother and less lag prone. We are merely stating that the lag experienced on Android is for a very good reason which is more functionality. It is why the comparison with PCs that are far more powerful was brought in.

  20. Android lags for a good reason because it provides more functionality.

    Really? Please list them.

    Every functionality that Android provides is available on both Symbian and BlackBerry. But I may be wrong. Afterall, what do I know? Please list those functionalities that are exclusive to Android. This is gonna be fun!

    As for the BlackBerry issue, I didn’t think you would provide a response that would be enlightening. You didn’t disappoint.

  21. Efe,

    Are blackberries more functional than other OSes that lag less?

    Yes; they are. They provide every feature available on all other platforms, plus the following two that no other platform has:

    1. Superb data encryption
    2. Data compression

    No other mobile platforms provide the above two. These features may not be important to you as a person, but they are not trivial.

  22. Efe,

    Your article is delibrately misleading. Simple and short.

    It is foolishness, always, to presume to know the motivation of anyone’s actions. You asserting that my article is deliberately misleading says quite a lot about you.

    But just for the purpose of clarity, the crux of my article is why Android doesn’t run smoothly on quad-core processors when other platforms perform better on single cores. I would suppose that question would be of interest to anyone who is interested in mobile.

  23. 1) That they have two exclusive functions doesn’t make more functional.

    2) In the context of performance and lagging, do those functions count?

    I said Blackberry is a terrible device because users seems to have lots of problems with its performance. My comment on its handling of apps is based on experience so much so that many bb users are scared of downloading third party apps. Never did I say that Blackberries were useless.

  24. Yes; they are. They provide every feature available on all other platforms, plus the following two that no other platform has:

    1 . Superb data encryption
    2 . Data compression

    Mr. Mo, I have issue with number 2. I do most of my browsing with Opera Mini and achieve a level of compression that is comparable to that of BB so every platform that can run Opera Mini is capable of data compassion. Also remember that every picture you take with your phone, including motion pictures and audio recordings and even your voice calls are generally compressed.

  25. Efe,

    1) That they have two exclusive functions doesn’t make more functional.

    Yes; it does. BlackBerry provides all the features that you can find on any other platform: touch, hardware input, USB mass storage, microSD card, full multitasking, multimedia, name it. Every feature that you can find on Android, for example, is there.

    Now add those two, and you have a more functional platform. Security is a function. So is data compression.

    2) In the context of performance and lagging, do those functions count?

    Yes; they do. The device has data to encrypt and process before sending, and data to de-encrypt upon receiving. Does that sound like an easy process to you? If it were that easy, why hasn’t any other platform implemented it?

    I said Blackberry is a terrible device because users seems to have lots of problems with its performance.

    Don’t use BBM Groups, and performance issues ALL gone. Very simple solution.

    My comment on its handling of apps is based on experience so much so that many bb users are scared of downloading third party apps.

    Same answer as above. I have lots of apps running on my 9810 without any issues.

    Never did I say that Blackberries were useless.

    That’s dodging the issue. How useful can a terrible device be?

  26. Harry,

    Mr. Mo, I have issue with number 2. I do most of my browsing with Opera Mini and achieve a level of compression that is comparable to that of BB so every platform that can run Opera Mini is capable of data compassion.

    On every other device, data compression via Opera Mini is restricted to what you do on Opera Mini only.

    On BlackBerry, ALL data connections – browser and every other app – are compressed. That includes file transfers via BBM, WhatsApp and other apps. There is a huge difference.

  27. “Femi Otedola Bribes Lawan Farouk With $600,000”

    That is a fact! But when you put it in context, it becomes misleading. I did not disagree with your points. I have used iOS devices and I know first hand how buttery smooth they are. You and Glenda have very valid points. But Mr Mo, you are probably more knowledgeable than everybody here. You definitely have more experience. Hence, people including me look to you for info on the mobile world. I like android, not because I have shares in Google, but because it serves me well. Better than other OSes have been opportuned to try out. I did not intend to disrespect you. In fact, I cited your experience in certain comments. This is a forum for debates. Even if I am a fanboy, it is immaterial. The only things that matter are my points which anyone can disprove with valid points like Glenda did. My problem with this article is that it is misleading. You delibrately compared android to iOS and Windows phone. The two OSes that lack the one thing that can severely hamper performance. Knowing how knowledgeable you are, I saw it as misleading. A layman can say that without knowing the root cause but you are far from being an expert. I didn’t mean any disrespect. For the record, I respect you and everybody here. Nobody knows it all and am always ready to learn as I do everyday on this forum

  28. Efe,

    Apology accepted.

    Here is the problem, you misread that article because you were eager to defend your platform. You created a problem when there was none. Take Glenda, why did she not see my article as “misleading”? Why did the others not take it that way too?

    What I wrote is clear, and here is the summary again: that Android doesn’t run smoothly on quad-core processors when other platforms perform better on single cores.

    It is an interesting subject. Your first comments waved the notion of Android lags as non-existing, hence Glenda’s tackling you. Yes; you have since shifted grounds, which is a good thing. Android lags – even on quad-core processors. We have discussed why. All’s good.

    This article wasn’t going to change anybody’s mind about what OS to use. I really don’t care what phones anyone here chooses to use. I give out info, and I stimulate discussions. That’s all.

    But to have taken that swipe at me was wrong. We have settled.

    Also, it will be good to be more open to understanding other platforms. They all have strengths and weaknesses. There is no way I can see how BlackBerry, for example, can be rightly described as terrible. I’ve used 8 of them till date, and they have served me well. Terrible? Certainly not.

    Thanks.

  29. How useful can a terrible device be?

    Very. For instance, before now, I used a Nokia 5230. As you know it has just 128MB RAM. At a point, the phone became terrible. Lagged and lagged. Apps closed on their own from time to time. Everything was slow. However, I used that same phone to run a blog just like you. Mind you, the site is not as functional/organised as wordpress that you use for Mobility. Yet, I was able to write articles, usually longer than the ones on Mobility. The phone was my personal assistant. As terrible as it was, I couldn’t stay without it

  30. Efe,

    The difference between your 5230 and my BlackBerry 9810 is that your device lagged and lagged. This baby that I’m using isn’t lagging at all.

    My 9810 is as smooth as the Samsung Galaxy S II and the HTC One X I have here now. See? Its why I can’t reconcile with your description of BlackBerry as terrible.

    People should just disable BBM Groups if they have performance issues on their BBs. Simple.

    Your 5230 was terrible. This BlackBerry 9810 I’m using right now isn’t.

  31. @zsch , its like you are in my mind .
    This is much ado about nothing . With
    all the power PC ’ s have, they lag far
    more often. Android does more than
    iOS or Windows phone just like a PC
    OS, yet the lags are few and far
    between.

    That is my first comment. I didnt deny the lag. I just said its not as terrible as it seems. In fact, my next comments insinuated that lags are not going anywhere soon.

    Yes, you are the owner of this blog. You have a business responsibility to stimulate conversation. Afterall, it is a vital part of the business. As readers, we have a duty to respond. That is what I did. Just like you, I lay it down as I see it.

    Its been a nice debate.

  32. Efe,

    Android does more than
    iOS or Windows phone just like a PC
    OS, yet the lags are few and far
    between.

    That was waving the issue as non-existent. Basically, you said here that its a non-issue. But its not. You see, someone coming from those other platforms would notice the lags immediately.

    Yes; its been a nice debate. Cheers.

  33. Waving the issue as non-existent?

    I find that conclusion odd. Few and far between isn’t and will never translate to non-existent. Certainly only people coming from the two you mentioned will have cause to complain, which is very good for an OS that is touted by most as the most capable.

    On the issue of which is more functional between BB and Android, I d get back to you on why I think android is more functional.

    Your Blackbery 9810 maybe smooth, but my 5230 was terrible. That did not stop it from being useful.

    I think other readers found your article a bit misleading. The first two comments stated the points I have been making. If they felt there is a good reason for the lag and stated it, they surely felt it should be part of the story

  34. The difference between your 5230 and my BlackBerry 9810 is that your device lagged and lagged. This baby that I’m using isn’t lagging at all.

    My 9810 is as smooth as the Samsung Galaxy S II and the HTC One X I have here now. See? Its why I can’ t reconcile with your description of BlackBerry as terrible.

    You don’t play into Mr. Mo’s hands, he will simply take apart. You simply made all clear why BB is not terrible, making it all easy for Mr. Mo and killing your argument in effect. Lol.

    I enjoyed the little episode, only it is too short-lived. BTW, it is like Eye.Bee.Kay is too busy exploring his new wife to be bothered with argument/discussion these days.

  35. The first two comments stated the points I have been making. If they felt there is a good reason for the lag and stated it, they surely felt it should be part of the story

    No; I disagree.

    The whole idea of stimulating discussion is to let people provide certain information. The writer or moderator teases and let’s people have a go at the subject. The important thing is not to publish any misinformation in the teasing. And I didn’t.

    How people respond to the teaser depends on their frame on mind, but neutral people will simply discuss the issue without casting aspersions.

  36. Efe,

    I find that conclusion odd. Few and far between isn’t and will never translate to non-existent.

    Okay; I shall concede that point. Fair game.

    On the issue of which is more functional between BB and Android, I d get back to you on why I think android is more functional.

    This one, I can’t wait for!!!!!!!!! Cheers, man,

  37. Well, if this argument has shifted between Android and Blackberry features, then the slidedown notification. bar is one big plus for Android over Blackberry. You can place some apps there for quick launching and also easy hardware toggle. Makes for better productivity. Mr. Mo, over to your.

  38. Wao! Argumentation and debating. This vividly reminds me of my secondary school days.

    Well- I have not yet eXperienced any lags on this Sony eXperia.

    Coming from a Nokia 5800, is it any wonder,? :–)

    BTW, it is like Eye.Bee.Kay is too busy exploring his new wife to be bothered with argument/discussion these days.

    @Harry, i shall be back after my honeymoon- spitting venomous fire!

  39. EyeBeeKay,

    Well- I have not yet eXperienced any lags on this Sony eXperia.

    Coming from a Nokia 5800, is it any wonder,? :–)

    Comment of the day!!!!

    The Xperia Pro must feel like heaven to you right now. I wonder if you won’t evaporate if we place a Samsung Galaxy S III in your hands.

  40. just to warm up

    live wallpapers
    multiple homescreens
    multitasking
    background sync
    widgets constantly running and updating in the background
    an actual people app and calendar that shows your friends’ updates and activities

  41. @eyebeekay, I had the same experience. In fact our experiences are very similar. You are leaving a 5800 to an xperia pro, I left a 5230 for an xperia neo. Despite Glenda’s denial, lagging is caused by too many background processes caused by true multitasking pulling system resources. You wont experience any significant lag until you download a large number of apps. My phone was smooth for weeks. Buttery smooth. It is still smooth but the occasional lag occurs when I run a number of apps simultaneously. That is why app killers are popular. They kill background processes from time to time.

  42. Really great debate. All through, Glenda as been clear and precise in marshalling out her point.

    The fact remains that if Android lags for whatever reasons, then it does just that, lag! Whether it is the multitasking or it’s PC-like attributes. Lagging is lagging. And the Author made it very clear in his write-up. Lagging doesn’t belittle the OS in anyway.

    Efe, By the way, the details of Windows phone 8 are still sketchy at best. It would be wrong to assume that it will implement FULL multitasking. And it would be even more wrong, to assume that it would lag because of an alleged “multitasking” feature inclusion. Let’s not put the cart before the Horse. Let’s allow windows 8 launch first, with confirmed hands-on experience, before we make that assumption!

  43. ”Don’t use BBM Groups, and performance issues ALL gone. Very simple solution.”

    Is it just me or does this ‘solution’ suck? I don’t understand why I would have to ignore a function of an app (an app which supposedly attracts the bulk of the population romancing the platform in question) to enable my phone run smoothly.

  44. Zsch,

    It is just you. Its BBM that attracts the bulk of those romancing BlackBerry. Very few use BBM Groups – and many don’t miss it.

    If you’d love to continue the BlackBerry discussion, let’s head over to the appropriate topic. The purpose for which BlackBerry was mentioned here has been accomplished 🙂 Cheers.

  45. efe:

    Despite my denial? What am I denying? I said Android lags. Did I deny anything? You are confused my friend.

  46. “@eyebeekay, I had the same experience. In fact our experiences are very similar. You are leaving a 5800 to an xperia pro, I left a 5230 for an xperia neo. Despite Glenda’s denial, lagging is caused by too many background processes caused by true multitasking pulling system resources. You wont experience any significant lag until you download a large number of apps. My phone was smooth for weeks. Buttery smooth. It is still smooth but the occasional lag occurs when I run a number of apps simultaneously. That is why app killers are popular. They kill background processes from time to time.”

    Okay Efe, here is the summary of this post and all your post in this article: Android lags. This is what the article clearly said. This is what I said. This is what you said. Anyone with a brain would understand that there is no need for a debate.

  47. Harry,

    Well, if this argument has shifted between Android and Blackberry features…

    No; it has not. I introduced the BlackBerry angle, quoting something that Efe said without any regard for context, to “cut him to size.” 🙂

    This discussion remains about Android’s lag 😉

  48. I have missed so much. Just reading this posts now after how many days. Interesting debate. I have been using Android for over two years now and can say for a fact that it lags. But, and that is a huge but, its not the same lag I do experience on my first Android phone (galaxy s) that i experience on my present s2. The lags are far less on the s2 and almost non existing after installed cyanogenmod.

    One news worth celebrating is eye. Bee. Kay’s new found wife. The Sony xperia. You are welcome to the android family brother.

  49. belushi:

    Thank you for being an Android user who admits that it lags. I admire you for that. Android will always be loved even if it lags.

    Efe:

    Another buttery smooth OS that implements multitasking aside from N9’s OS is Nokia 808’s Belle. Check out the new Nokia 808 review by GSMArena. It describes the OS as “buttery smooth.” And I am not saying Belle is better, so do not start an argument. The Belle on my N8 lags. Stick to the topic. Android lags with single core, dual core and quad core. Period.

  50. Glenda,

    The funny thing is, I’m an Android user too. I’ve probably owned and used more Android devices than anyone else who reads this blog, yet somehow they keep thinking that I’m anti-Android.

    Last year and this year, I have owned and used more Android devices than I have BlackBerry and Belle combined. Still, the Android fanboys think I’m an enemy. Odd.

    It cracks me up every single time.

  51. Last year and this year, I have owned and used more Android devices than I have BlackBerry and Belle combined. Still, the Android fanboys think I’m an enemy. Odd

    …not really Mr. Mo, i think you used those Android devices for review sake and because its part of your job. Using them doesn’t mean you can’t be anti-Android! Besides the number of Android devices produced quarterly is more than the devices of all other platforms combined, it is only natural your reviews follow that same ratio. In my opinion, your favourite OS is still Blackberry, yet you’ve used less Blackberries than Androids.

    My point? Using more Android devices than others doesn’t preclude you from disliking them.

  52. saiddigge,
    Your argument is fairly sound till you got to this point:

    In my opinion, your favourite OS is still Blackberry, yet you’ve used less Blackberries than Androids.

    According to you, if A is my favourite OS, I am automatically an enemy of B; right? That’s the problem I keep referring to when I ask people to grow up. It is a childish way of thinking.

    Remember primary school? Shade likes Femi, and wants him to herself. She won’t hang out with anyone else but him and doesn’t want to see him hanging out with others either. Anyone who tries to step in is seen as an enemy. That’s being childish. Adults know that you can be friends with multiple people.

    Not that it bothers me how anyone sees me. The childish approach just keeps cracking me up.

  53. If I may also add, this is a personal interest site. As a rule, I blog about things that interest me. I’m not the average reviewer. Think of this blog the same way you would Oprah’s show.

    Perhaps my having owned and used more Android devices than Blackberry smartphones says something about my interests? Just perhaps 🙂

  54. You dont have to be an enemy to be mischievous. I refer you to Linda Ikeji’s blog. She uses innuendo’s to stimulate discussion. Ofcourse, its a business, the more the comment, the more relevant her blog is. You cant begrudge her after its a personal blog just like mobility. Mr Mo does the same thing.

    Maybe readers like me forget that it’s a personal blog. Maybe we look up to Mr Mo a little too much and expect too much from a personal blog. But, it doesn’t change the fact that some articles are designed to stimulate debate by being a little mischievous. This article is one of them. Any layman who reads this article will automatically conclude that Windows Phone and iOS are better.

    ” The question asked in that tweet is pertinent. How many processor cores does Android need to run smoothly, if quad-core CPUs are not adequate to eliminate the lagging? IOS runs smoother on less cores. Windows Phone runs smoother on single core processors. Even Nokia Belle OS is catching up, and on single core processors too….”

  55. Efe,

    It is all about discussions, and I never peddle falsehood to do it. I prefer intelligent discussions. I simply state facts and throw in a comparison or a sore point, whammy!

    Remember the BlackBerry group article? BlackBerry users took me up.

    Remember my article about Maemo/Meego not being ready for prime time?

    Remember my article about not being excited about Windows phone for certain reasons?

    All of those are based on verifiable facts. Am I an enemy of all those platforms? Mobility blog could be way more inflammatory than this if I chose to go the popular route. I would take hardline stands against certain OSes and manufacturers and write articles with titles like, “Bla-bla OS is crap.”

    I know that will bring the buzzards diving in. But I can’t be like that. What I do is deal with facts and figures, but present them in ways that people can have intelligent discussions about them.

    Hmmm…. Shall I do an article to ask if readers think that Mr. Mo is mischievous? 😀

  56. Mr Mo, you do not peddle falsehood. Journalists/Bloggers are by nature mischievous. You are not really against any platform but you tend to play Devil’s advocate a lot. In one of my comments above, I used the example of the Otedola/Farouk Lawan to buttress this point. A mischievous journalist will write;

    “Otedola Gives Farouk Lawan $620,000 Bribe”

    Anybody not familiar with the story will draw one conclusion from that headline. The journalist ofcourse knows the full story but uses a sensational headline to attract readers. So Mr Mo, you do not peddle falsehood, not at all. But you can be mischievous in a good way

  57. This thread at first is amusing. Now I am getting annoyed with all this people thinking that if you say something bad about Android, you are saying it is a bad mobile OS.

    I do not know if some of these people even understand plain English. If they do, they would not even misinterpret some of the comments here.

    Mr. Mo: I suggest you just ignore them. They do not understand simple English. They do not know any other system but Android. I guess someone has to expand his/her world and try out other OS to be unbiased and objective.

  58. If you really know what Android phones do, you will really feel sorry for android. Now Android phones does almost the same with PC.

    Android stores everything you operates on it, as you can see Android rams are useful and not useless to the phone, everything you operate runs on the background, while the iOS does not do such thing.

    Immediately you close any app on the iOS (iphone) that app stop the background is clear and this is to tell you that android does much work.

    And that is why you can see today android phones are now having up to 6gb ram to 10gb ram and then the processor up to 2.3ghz to help the ram of your android phone

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