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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Timmmm
Member since:
2006-07-25

You're simply wrong. Android is pretty good, and I also have a Galaxy S2, but it simply still isn't as smooth and responsive as the original generation iPod Touch I bought (and returned!) several years ago. To say otherwise is to delude yourself.

Yes, it's pretty smooth. It just isn't *as* smooth. And especially it isn't as responsive -- that is, the lag between your finger and the animation is much greater on the Galaxy S2 than the iPhone in many places.

Unfortunately I don't have an iPhone so I can't do a video comparison right now, but it is absolutely the case. (Although the Galaxy S2 is the best of the Android phones I've tried, and it does come close.)

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fatjoe Member since:
2010-01-12

Isn't some of androids "lag" intentional? For example, the "rotation lag" is actually there to avoid hysterical rotations while you are, for example, lying down playing with your phone/tablet.

By the way, my Nokia N9 beats all your androids and iphones in UI speed. It is still a dead (i.e. murdered) platform, which should show that having the fastest UI is not the only requirement for winning the phone war.

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Timmmm Member since:
2006-07-25

No. When we're talking about "lag" we mean the unintentional delays.

And actually the rotation lag actually wasn't intentional! It is a lot faster now on modern phones than it used to be on the old Android 1.x phones.

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JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

I'll just keep quiet about the UI performance of N9./s
That swipe is actually quite annoying at the end of the day.

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Yes, it's pretty smooth. It just isn't *as* smooth. And especially it isn't as responsive -- that is, the lag between your finger and the animation is much greater on the Galaxy S2 than the iPhone in many places.


I'm just not seeing that, and I have them side-by-side *right now* (well, iPad 2). It's completely identical here.

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Luminair Member since:
2007-03-30

it is not completely identical ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh


aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhh

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kragil Member since:
2006-01-04

The IPOD might have been smooth with IOS 2 or 3. But nowadays it is a load of bull.
With IOS 4.2x my 2gen IPOD touch lags and stutters all the time.
You can pay me and I will make a Youtube video showing just how bad it is.

Edited 2011-12-06 23:12 UTC

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ArKay Member since:
2005-07-13

I have a 4G iPod Touch and it also stutters. Sometimes it even takes 2 seconds to unlock the screen. The transition between apps and search screen has always been laggy, but IIRC scrolling used to be a lot smoother.

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broken_symlink Member since:
2005-07-06

i actually have an original first gen iphone and a galaxy s2. i'll compare when i get home.

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JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

Well, the actual animations are actually really smooth. However, input lag and jitters during interactions were dominant in Android.
Interestingly enough, it's only the input that has the problem of UI lag.

And please, iPod Touch until the Cortex A8(3rd gen or pair to 3Gs) was horribly laggy. the only non laggy thing was scrolling. Ironically Android was less laggy than 1st gen and 2nd gen iOS devices.

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