Linux gurus toy with Android ICS, make a 100% faster Linaro build and slap it on the Galaxy Nexus
0. phoneArena 12 Jun 2012, 04:46 posted on
Some Linux programmers decided to dig deep into the latest Android Ice Cream Sandwich source code, and came up with a new version called Linaro. What was the purpose? To optimize the heck out of the code, clean it up and achieve up to twice faster performance than stock ICS...
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1. hung2900 (Posts: 911; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)
If Google upgrades it, Apple will sue them anyway because of the big leap compared to crap iOS 6.
3. pokharkarsaga (Posts: 380; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)
thats what actually android should be,a hardware optimizer os and not the hardware junk os.bad news for wp and ios. android now 100% faster than wp and ios and itself.fastest os of all time.still much can be done in android.
4. SprintPower (Posts: 74; Member since: 29 Dec 2008)
holy critburgers! Lazy Google bastages better get off their overpaid backsides and clean up the dang code!
5. ibap (Posts: 738; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)
Let me guess - bloatware removal alone accounted for half of the speedup?
7. Retro-touch (Posts: 269; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)
You beat me to it and furthermore why would CM9 include bloatware in the first place, really highlighting your ignorance, I didn't know optimizing code meant removing some apks (apps)!!! dumbass
8. tedkord (Posts: 8308; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
This looks interesting, google should definitely give it a look. On the flipside, I've read in the forums that users who've installed the cm9 linaro build actually saw their synthetic bench's drop. I remember on fellow stated his quads dropped 400 points from the official cm9. I hope it is as golden as the devs state, and that google then incorporates it into the next update. Like I've always said, dev community > corporate programmers.
25. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
benchmarks mean nothing - it is the user experience that counts - does the phone UI feel more responsive? Fast processing of requests such as going on the browser? Might be worth trying as you can always go back to what you had.
27. JGuinan007 (Posts: 662; Member since: 19 May 2011)
Depends on what benchmark was used linaro does nothing for GPU the code optimized was only for CPU as the guy said.
10. AbhiD (Posts: 65; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)
Yesterday everyone just bashed what intel said abt android..., but now this is a proof to all those that android is actually a half baked OS which could run twice better than actual if optimized properly by google. And all this points out that android isn't just fully ready for those HEXA CORE OR OCTA CORE processors...
11. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 813; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)
Even at a half baked state it is still arguably better than the competition. . .
13. AbhiD (Posts: 65; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)
Yeah, it's better than competition in terms of freedom and customization not in pure performance or fluidness
14. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)
I can tell you my Galaxy Nexus is pretty fluid... I actually didn't notice much of a difference after installing a linaro ROM.
16. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 813; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)
To what device are you referring to anyways? Lumia 900 vs. Galaxy Y? or was it iPhone 4s vs. LG Optimus One? geez. . .
26. tedkord (Posts: 8308; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
That's my single-core Thunderbolt with Gingerbread. Notice it's a fluid and smooth and fast as any iPhone. That's the last generation Android version, with only a single core CPU and old GPU. And a really memory hoggy UI in Sense.
15. BrandT (Posts: 9; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)
AOKP also has a test build of Linaro with their latest build 38.
17. lzsbleach (Posts: 155; Member since: 20 May 2012)
Personally I think things are not going to get any better for the iphone, they are basically at there limit. But Android has so much ahead of them and probably far away from there limit, theres still alot of room for improvement. We all know what happens to mobile Os's when there at there limit right, they wont go far.
24. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
Judging by the new IOS 6 coming out, I agree with you...
18. Fuego84 (Posts: 337; Member since: 13 May 2012)
I think thats Google's game plan with android, I mean what sells more of a product than to claim its new version of the OS is better than the previous one.
20. tedkord (Posts: 8308; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
ToThis isn't all that uncommon. Modern coding is usually not well optimized and cleaned up. Back in the days when computers had a few kilobytes of memory and no hard drives, programs had to be compact. With modern devices, that's no longer a concern. And with something large like an operating system, where dozens of different sections are each coded by a different group, and tied together by other groups, you have a lot of inefficiency. This has been a concern for many years, I remember reading an article about it at least a decade ago.
Any large program (game, operating system, etc...) will be rife with unoptimized coding and bloat.
21. ilia1986 (unregistered)
This is why Android will never die. Community >>>>> Corporation. That's right.
22. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
i love what the mod community can do with already great software. I really hope El Goog takes a look at this and sees where they can integrate code.
If nothing else, with Cyanogenmod taking a look at it, that means Steve Kondik (Cyanogen) has his hands on it.. hopefully that means he can take it to samsung (he works there!) and get them to implement it on a Galaxy update.
If its really that big of a difference, it needs to be spread around!
23. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
most ICS roms I have tried are faster than the carrier/manufacturer version - I hope I see a version of this for the DROID RAZR.
28. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
and better battery use.
im at 40% battery after 1 day, 8 hrs with regular use including about 2 hrs of streaming music on my old SGS1.
Get that out of a stock set up. :)
29. BattleBrat (Posts: 1318; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)
My RAZR gets me battery life on par with that.