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: Desire!
by kaiwai on Mon 17th May 2010 01:59 UTC in reply to "Desire!"
kaiwai
Member since:
2005-07-06

Am sincerely hoping this reaches my new Desire, definitely more exiting than iPhone OS 4


Well, once a platform becomes more mature there is less and less to get excited about because all the major bases have been pretty much covered. I wonder how much of the iPhone 4 enhancements will roll back into Mac OS X for the desktop. I know with Snow leopard the battery life really jumped, is it possible that maybe the combination of a move to LLVM and enhancements from iPhone 4 will make its way into 10.7 ;)

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RE[2]: Desire!
by Laurence on Mon 17th May 2010 09:04 in reply to "RE: Desire!"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

Well, once a platform becomes more mature there is less and less to get excited about because all the major bases have been pretty much covered.


I think that's a little unfair because from day one, the iPhone has been playing catch up to Android on a number of fronts:
* copy/paste
* MMS
* sat nav
* multi-tasking
* emulation
* 3rd party browsers (eg Opera)
* platform syncing (USB2 auto mounting > iTunes syncing)
* hardware digital compass (the G1 beat the iPhone to this by over year)

Sure, the iPhone did do many things better too - and continues to do so. But the fact remains that the iPhone has been one of the least feature-rich of all the "mature" smart phone platforms.

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RE[3]: Desire!
by Timmmm on Mon 17th May 2010 11:00 in reply to "RE[2]: Desire!"
Timmmm Member since:
2006-07-25

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.

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