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: Comment by cerbie
by ale6 on Sun 16th May 2010 23:45 UTC in reply to "Comment by cerbie"
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I agree for I/O.

I've developed a Stardict parser for Android, and I need to parse 1.2MB of data for each request (I think that kind of data may be not so rare).

Sun's JVM took 1s on a regular dual-core laptop, when -- iirc -- pure Dalvik code took up to 15 minutes (maybe I miswrote something, but I tried everything -- it was a year ago).

Using JNI, everything went back down to a couple of seconds on a ADP1.

btw, for the record, there will be a Google I/O talk about optimizing apps for taking advantage of the new JIT.

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