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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RE[4]: Desire!
by Laurence on Mon 17th May 2010 12:03 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Desire!"
Laurence
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Yeah and Android is playing catch-up to the iPhone in a number of equally important areas:

* OS performance
* Developer tools and documentation (especially wrt native code)
* App quality and selection
* Availability of OS updates
* Hardware quality (ok, not strictly part of android, and the nexus one is pretty damn good, but I'm yet to see any phone that has a touch screen as good as a first gen iPhone).

Nothing starts off complete.


Which is what I've just said. You're just reitterating my point.

* App quality and selection
* Hardware quality (ok, not strictly part of android, and the nexus one is pretty damn good, but I'm yet to see any phone that has a touch screen as good as a first gen iPhone).

This part is FUD.
* Android has just as much quality and variety of applications as the iPhone. In fact, I'd argue there's more variety on Android due to Apple's strict control over iPhone apps - but the fact is the average user is served equally well on either platform (as I don't want to start a stupid platform war)

* Apple's hardware is actually behind most other smart phones - not just in terms of raw power but sometimes in terms of features (digital compass, hardware keyboard, etc). And you comment about touch screen, but the iPhone wasn't the 1st multi-touch smart phone and the screen on the iPhone is the same as the one on the G1. So maybe when you talk about hardware, you mean software gestures? (as Google disabled multi-touch in the software -presumably for fear of patent abuse from Apple- even though the G1's hardware supported it)

Edited 2010-05-17 12:05 UTC

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