Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 4th Aug 2012 00:54 UTC
Google This tweet from Tom Warren made me smile. So, it's 2012 and tablets are finally able to do what the Amiga did in 1985. Seems like a bit of a stretch to be excited about that, right? Sure, until I caught myself getting excited - only a bit, but still - by this piece of news. Update: removed me being an annoyed child.
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RE[2]: KISS
by sergio on Sat 4th Aug 2012 18:04 UTC in reply to "RE: KISS"
sergio
Member since:
2005-07-06

I think that adding multi-user support to a mobile OS is not a priority at all.

Android developers should focus on performance. iOS is way ahead in this particular matter, It feels faster even using slower hardware.

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RE[3]: KISS
by No it isnt on Sat 4th Aug 2012 19:57 in reply to "RE[2]: KISS"
No it isnt Member since:
2005-11-14

Smoother, not faster. There's more to OS performance than scrolling and transitions.

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RE[4]: KISS
by sergio on Sat 4th Aug 2012 20:30 in reply to "RE[3]: KISS"
sergio Member since:
2005-07-06

I'd think you are right, I don't know enough about Android internals to tell you why It feels slow. I speak from an end user pov here.

I love the hardware of Android devices, they are way ahead of expensive Apple offerings... but when you actually use the devices they feel much slower than even vintage iOS devices. It's shocking.

And I fear that multi-user support will increase this slowness, actually... I'm pretty sure of that because I dealt with multiuser issues during my career.

I mean, the device will have to store the state of the session when you switch between users (running apps, configs, connections, ecc)... Android has to keep that state in memory somehow, in RAM or swap it to the flash memory... It's not a minor concern, It can be very resource hungry.

Then you have the file owner/permission issue. You don't want that your files can be modified by another user. Android will have to implement that too.

That's why I think adding multiuser support to a mobile OS is a big fat stupid idea. Good multiuser support is a complex thing. It's not trivial nor "free". KISS.

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RE[3]: KISS
by WereCatf on Sat 4th Aug 2012 21:09 in reply to "RE[2]: KISS"
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

I think that adding multi-user support to a mobile OS is not a priority at all.

Android developers should focus on performance. iOS is way ahead in this particular matter, It feels faster even using slower hardware.


You mentioned having tried Transformer Pad but I got the image that it's been a while ago. If true then that Pad was most likely still running Honeycomb; ICS 4.0 saw quite a large boost to graphics performance and fluidity, and the new Jelly Bean 4.1 improved that even more. Have you, or have you not tried an Android-tablet with similar specs as that iPad running Android 4.0.1 or newer? If not then that is most likely the reason for your experience.

Also, Android developers are improving Android's performance. You're just assuming that the developers can only work on one thing at a time which, quite obviously, isn't true. In fact it's often detrimental to development efforts to have a really large team all trying to work on the same thing, that's exactly why e.g. F/OSS developers tend to dedicate certain parts of the software to certain developers instead of all concentrating on only one thing at a time. Ie. you're complaining about something that is already being worked on and you're complaining about it as if one cannot work on other things, too, at the same time.

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