Cough! Cough! Wheeze! Cough! Just recently, I wrote an article asking whether and when google was going to address the habitual lag on Android phones. There were those who wanted to pass it off as something far and between, and those who wanted to argue it out (the article has 59 comments till date). In that article, I mentioned that Android OS needed optimisation. See my article, How many cores does Android need to run smoothly?
Clearly, Google agrees, and they have addressed that in the latest iteration of the OS named Jelly Bean (Android 4.1). Here is how the guys at Phone Arena put it:
The first side of the Jelly Bean update is the way it interacts with hardware. One of the main complaints with Androids is that it often gets laggy even on the most sophisticated devices. Google has finally radically addressed this so manufacturers and developers can make their devices lag-free. The solution is called Project Butter and it comes with triple buffering so that the CPU and GPU work without waiting for each other. This means scrolling, zooming and virtually all actions become much faster.
So, we see that the lagging issue was/is a big deal after all. I am glad that Google has made efforts to address it. But that isn’t all that Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) brings to the table. Here is a quick checklist:
- performance improvement, as stated above
- improved power efficiency (something I’ve also complained about). Jelly Bean now dials the CPU back to lower frequency when it’s not in use.
- automatically re-sizable widgets
- Offline Voice Dictation – no need for an internet connection
- improved voice search
- gallery to swiping gestures
- richer notifications
I am glad that Google didn’t play ostrich and stick their neck in the sand with regards to Android’s well-known resource hogging issues. With Jelly Bean, there is hope that Android now becomes a much more efficient OS in terms of performance and power consumption. This is good news to me.
Android is looking more and more like it! Can I have a spread of jelly bean please?
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