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.
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.