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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What about GPS
by vodoomoth on Mon 17th May 2010 14:30 UTC
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There's something that nobody seems to find interesting enough to talk about it: absolutely free GPS navigation. I have it on my current phone, a Nokia 6110 Navigator, which does not need a phone signal to function. In fact, you may even take the SIM card out of the phone and it'd still be usable as a standalone GPS navigator for pedestrians and vehicles.

All I've read so far in the specs of recent phones is "A-GPS", which means the GPS chips locks into position faster thanks to pre-computed something (maps, positions, I don't know). BUT, does it mean that the GPS (since it looks like all phones now have a GPS chip) is freely usable ? I wonder why there's no war going on about that specific feature; didn't Nokia vow, some months ago, to bring free nav to the masses ? What's missing there, the maps, the apps, something else ?
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