Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 6th Dec 2010 18:38 UTC
Google After countless rumours, leaked screenshots, and what not, Google has officially unveiled Android 2.3, dubbed Gingerbread, today. Accompanying the release of this new Android version is the Nexus S, a Samsung-made successor to HTC's Nexus One, which delivers the pure Google experience - unlocked, without additional crap.
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RE: GUI
by Timmmm on Tue 7th Dec 2010 15:40 UTC in reply to "GUI"
Timmmm
Member since:
2006-07-25

Is the GUI still software rendered?


Almost certainly (except the transition animations which never were). Apparently the reasons are:

* Most hardware doesn't support two concurrent OpenGL contexts, so it would be tricky to have an OpenGL view (e.g. Google Earth), and the status bar both drawn with OpenGL at the same time.
* They said software is often faster. Not sure I believe that though.

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RE[2]: GUI
by ScottDeagan on Wed 8th Dec 2010 14:51 in reply to "RE: GUI"
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2010-12-08

The lack of GPU hardware acceleration driving the UI has completely turned me off Android. Are they serious about delivering an improved "user experience"? If so, Google really need to act on this:

http://code.google.com/p/android/issues/detail?id=6914

I too have heard the "CPU rendering is often faster" nonsense from Google (the Android team). The facts speak for themselves - simply compare the smoothness/fluidity of an iPhone (even an old iPhone) or MeeGo or Web OS or a WP7 device with that of Android.

Personally I think it's a serious design flaw that really needs to be addressed. Anyone who has used a smooth mobile OS is always put off after picking up an Android handset and scrolling through the apps or browsing the Internet.

I'll never buy another Android handset (or tablet) until Google addresses this issue (and I'm sure there are many others like me).

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