Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 6th Dec 2011 22:16 UTC
Google Dianne Hackborn has posted on Google+ about some common myths regarding Android's graphics rendering pipeline, and we have a rebuttal to that one as well. Interesting stuff, but I want to talk abut something related: Android's gaphics performance. I'm hearing a lot of talk about how Android's effects and transitions and such aren't as smooth as those on iOS, but on my Galaxy SII, everything is super-smooth. So, I'm wondering - what's it like for you?
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Smooth for me
by WorknMan on Tue 6th Dec 2011 22:25 UTC
WorknMan
Member since:
2005-11-13

What really kills me are these people who insist on running live wallpapers and all kinds of widgets that sing and dance, and then complain that everything is choppy, and that they have to recharge their battery every 3 hours. Well, duh???

Remember kids, always go for performance over style. You'll be happier that way in the long run ;)

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RE: Smooth for me
by Timmmm on Tue 6th Dec 2011 22:29 in reply to "Smooth for me"
Timmmm Member since:
2006-07-25

Live wallpapers do not affect the performance of apps, and to be honest I've never found them to affect the home-screen scrolling performance or battery life either.

The biggest thing that affects battery life is apps that sync in the background, and simply using the screen.

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RE[2]: Smooth for me
by WorknMan on Tue 6th Dec 2011 22:33 in reply to "RE: Smooth for me"
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

Live wallpapers do not affect the performance of apps, and to be honest I've never found them to affect the home-screen scrolling performance or battery life either.


Depends on the wallpaper. I saw a video of the Transformer Prime recently where a guy was demo'ing the tablet and everything was running silky smooth, and then he put on a live wallpaper, and things started to stutter just a bit, and that was on a quad core CPU.

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RE: Smooth for me
by wocowboy on Wed 7th Dec 2011 11:32 in reply to "Smooth for me"
wocowboy Member since:
2006-06-01

This sounds remarkably similar to the iPhone users that have every possible function of their phones turned on all the time, wifi, GPS, iCloud syncing, Photo Stream, iTunes Match, Game Center, etc, then load up the phone with apps that call home every 15 seconds. And then they complain because the battery does not last more than 2 1/2 hours.

Granted these phones ship with these features, both functions and graphical abilities. And they can all be turned on at the same time. But that does not mean that you will get the optimum use out of your device if you run it with every function under the moon turned on, nor should you expect it to. I don't, and my iPhone's battery lasts 2-3 days. And my Samsung Galaxy2 Android work phone does as well.

Based on what the manufacturers are shipping these days, consumers are demanding ultra-thin phones with large screens, which leaves very little room for adequate graphics hardware or battery.

Edited 2011-12-07 11:35 UTC

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