Linked by chandler on Sun 16th May 2010 19:28 UTC
Google Google is set to announce Android 2.2 at the Google I/O event this week and one of the highly anticipated features will provide a big boost for performance and battery life. Originally the Dalvik virtual machine was implemented as an interpreter, but now a JIT compiler will be used. Already benchmarks show a roughly 6x improvement in numeric performance with the new JIT. While this will make Snapdragon-powered phones like the Nexus One seem even more responsive it will have the biggest impact on lower end phones using ARM11-based chipsets. It remains to be seen how many existing models will receive upgrades to 2.2.
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Updates for Android Phones are rare
by jokkel on Mon 17th May 2010 09:45 UTC
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It's very sad that the Android platform is so fragmented. Even today there are new phones being sold with Android 1.5 or 1.6. Most handset makers also don't bother to release updates for older phones.
This is not only bad for users , but also a growing hassle for developers.

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