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Study shows that video playbacks look better on Android 4.3 than on Android 4.4

Study shows that video playbacks look better on Android 4.3 than on Android 4.4
A company called OptoFidelity conducted some tests using its own OptoFidelity VideoMultimeter and various versions of the Nexus 7 tablet. The tests revealed that video playbacks look better on Android 4.3 than on Android 4.4. Even stranger, the best picture was seen on the older version of the Nexus 7 powered by Android 4.3.

Three points were measured in the test. The first was deviation, which shows on the screen as a jerking motion. The second test was deviation from fps rate. The average frame rate was compared to the expected speed. Each percentage point off from the expected rate resulted in one error point. The last test looked for dropped frames. Each frame dropped resulted in an error point.

After the old Nexus 7 running Android 4.3, the next best score was achieved by the Nexus 7 (2013) running Android 4.3. And while the Android 4.4 powered Nexus 7 (2013) was unable to play 60fps video in either 720p or 1080p, the slate running Android 4.3 played it back in 720p.

"Conclusion: When evaluating video playback, the older...operating system performs better than the new one. The update has a clear effect on the quality perceived by user especially when watching fast videos with more and more common 60 fps speeds. This is something that user (sic) should know before loading a new version of operating system."-OptoFidelity

Have any of you Nexus 7 noticed a change in video after updating to Android 4.4? Let us know by dropping us a line in the box below.


source: OptoFidelity via GSMArena

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posted on 30 Nov 2013, 15:10 5

1. androiphone20 (Posts: 1437; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


This really caught me by surprise when I read about it earlier on Techcrunch, wasn't Kitkat supposed to be smoother?

posted on 30 Nov 2013, 18:05 3

5. Finalflash (Posts: 1749; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


No just more efficient.

posted on 30 Nov 2013, 15:31 2

2. jraymp (Posts: 2; Member since: 27 Nov 2013)


That's why they lowered the minimum required RAM to 512MB.?

posted on 30 Nov 2013, 16:17

3. mahmood74 (Posts: 12; Member since: 24 Jul 2013)


The video its bafd 4.4

posted on 01 Dec 2013, 17:42

34. oNEWorld (Posts: 140; Member since: 01 Aug 2013)


I haven't noticed a difference

posted on 30 Nov 2013, 16:46

4. BReND0 (Posts: 60; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)


I agree. I noticed the youtube and netflix video ony 4.3 nexus 2012 looked crispier, sharper then on my 4.4 updated nexus 2013

posted on 30 Nov 2013, 18:14 4

6. Finalflash (Posts: 1749; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


Those charts make no sense to me. So the nexus 7 2013 cannot run 1080p (60fps) at all but the 2012 model can. Also, the dropped frame percentage is insanely low on the 2013 model, but high on the 2012 model, yet you are saying it appears slower or stutters more on the 2013 model. I think that is what the charts are saying, so someone explain what they're talking about.

posted on 30 Nov 2013, 18:21

7. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)


Not saying they are wrong but I have not really noticed anything wrong with video playback on 4.4. Even after reading this am not sure what am am suppose to be looking out for. Also this playback issue does it affect 3rd party players like mx player and dice player etc

posted on 30 Nov 2013, 18:45

8. Finalflash (Posts: 1749; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


I just tested this with a 60fps video (hobbit 2 trailer) and even on MX it stutters badly. Might be something messed up internally due to over optimization maybe. Even so, maybe about 1% of the population of users might be affected due to the lack of 60fps videos out there, but this needs to be fixed sooner rather than later.

posted on 30 Nov 2013, 18:56 2

9. pyradark (Posts: 770; Member since: 10 Jun 2012)


Hi Everyone
Yehey Im not banned
Thanks PhoneArena

posted on 30 Nov 2013, 19:28 1

10. Ninetysix (Posts: 1591; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


Already in the android bug list (huge list!!!).

http://code.google.com/p/android/issues/list

posted on 30 Nov 2013, 20:47 11

12. Finalflash (Posts: 1749; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


Yea, but good thing it isn't as big or serious as Apple's list, sucks to be those poor saps.

posted on 30 Nov 2013, 21:47 1

15. JakeLee (banned) (Posts: 1021; Member since: 02 Nov 2013)


It's not a bug, just a feature cheating on customers.

posted on 30 Nov 2013, 22:26 3

16. JC557 (Posts: 1074; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


And still a huge bug list for Apple software. From iOS7 issues to iTunes lag and the disappearance of useful features.

*Still sour about New Window option having been taken away and iTunes 10 is a slow piece of cr*p along with a lot of other things...

posted on 30 Nov 2013, 19:45 4

11. galanoth (Posts: 318; Member since: 26 Nov 2011)


I use BubbleUPnP and MX Player on my 2013 Nexus 7 to stream 1080p MKV files from my server.
I don't see any dropped frames. Maybe I'm just lucky.

posted on 30 Nov 2013, 22:32 1

17. JakeLee (banned) (Posts: 1021; Member since: 02 Nov 2013)


Or maybe your eyesights are Scroogled?

posted on 30 Nov 2013, 22:58 4

18. Reality_Check (Posts: 269; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


Or maybe you're just a Troll?

posted on 01 Dec 2013, 00:08 2

19. PapaSmurf (limited) (Posts: 8300; Member since: 14 May 2012)


He is. Trolls go away if you ignore them.

posted on 01 Dec 2013, 02:00 2

20. joey_sfb (Posts: 2914; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


JakeLee has a lot of stamina and time. Not surprising, guess there really nothing much you could do with iOS 7.

posted on 30 Nov 2013, 21:19 1

13. JakeLee (banned) (Posts: 1021; Member since: 02 Nov 2013)


It's simply Google caught cheating on customers.

There are many points where the performance can be increased at the cost of precision while decoding multimedia contents. I wouldn't be surprised if Google did the same with audio decoding.

Increasing performance while retaining the same quality is called optimization. If the quality suffers, it's called cheating.

It looks like Google put some melamine into KitKat.

Scroogled. Shame on you, Google.

posted on 30 Nov 2013, 21:33 1

14. GoBears (Posts: 353; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)


Got KK on my Nex10 and I love it. If the video playback quality is worse I can't tell. Only thing I do notice is that battery life is awesome.

posted on 01 Dec 2013, 05:03

21. Taters (Posts: 2960; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Probably went from way better playback than IOS and Windows Phone, to just better playback than IOS and Windows Phone.

Sure older and less efficient Android phones did everything with no short cuts. But since Apple showed everyone that taking short cuts such as eliminating multitasking altogether works wonders on the bank account, Google finally decided to join the compromise and short cut party when it comes to video playback.

I personally haven't noticed the difference though.

posted on 01 Dec 2013, 06:16

23. JakeLee (banned) (Posts: 1021; Member since: 02 Nov 2013)


1. iPhones have always been offering the highest quality both in image and sound, no compromises. Surf the web, you'll find tons of professional, *unpaid* reviews proving this. (We all know who paid to reviewers in contrast)

2. iOS DOES multitask. It ALWAYS did. Only third party apps were prohibited from this for security reasons and transition to 64-bit. From iOS7, third party apps are allowed to multitask. (transition done)
Android gonna pay a very steep price for pre-maturely allowing multitasking to third party apps during the transition to 64-bit.

3. You know just as much as you notice - nothing.

posted on 01 Dec 2013, 11:50

25. GoBears (Posts: 353; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)


Get off Apple's package already fanboy. iOS can't even play back a simple flash video which is still very widely. Android will pay no price during the move to 64-bit. People said the same thing about PCs and it simply was not true.

posted on 01 Dec 2013, 11:57

26. GoBears (Posts: 353; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)


No compromises lol. Doesn't even have an HD screen.

posted on 01 Dec 2013, 14:09

27. WakaFlakaD (Posts: 361; Member since: 30 Apr 2011)


I thought there was a operating system stopped supporting Flash??

Well HTML5 is the future anyway

posted on 01 Dec 2013, 15:09

28. Ninetysix (Posts: 1591; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


I'm just going to assume that you've never heard of Puffin browser. It'll play your flash content on iOS just fine. Sucks to be wrong doesn't it.

posted on 01 Dec 2013, 15:32

29. ihavenoname (Posts: 1380; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


Android aint perfect, iOS aint perfect, WP aint perfect.

posted on 01 Dec 2013, 16:14

30. GoBears (Posts: 353; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)


Haha Puffin. That browser sucks. Go ahead and keep paying cash for apps to allow your smartphone to compete. That's exactly what Apple wants you to do.

posted on 01 Dec 2013, 16:15

31. GoBears (Posts: 353; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)


Not to mention that the flash is being played on puffins servers, not on your device. Have fun.

posted on 01 Dec 2013, 16:40

32. Ninetysix (Posts: 1591; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


I thought you said iOS can't play flash? Now it can??? Must suck be wrong.

posted on 01 Dec 2013, 17:05

33. GoBears (Posts: 353; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)


Sorry if you don't the difference between having a real flash player installed that can be accessed by multiple browsers or a server based browser that plays flash for you then so be it. Enjoy your iphone with the my little pony ui bro. I'll enjoy mine.

posted on 01 Dec 2013, 19:44

35. Ninetysix (Posts: 1591; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


Here's my iPhone.

http://i39.tinypic.com/20trm69.png
http://i41.tinypic.com/4g6fci.png

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 05:59

36. Taters (Posts: 2960; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Lol sure they have been offering then highest quality in both image and sound. Is that why when I do YouTube comparisons between an iPhone and android phone the Android always wins.

Yes the superior resolution on Android phones might have something to do with them winning but they seem to win in everything else as well and that includes stream quality.

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 06:05

37. Taters (Posts: 2960; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


The last test they did was on how poor the iPhone touch sensitivity is. I am sure if they tested iPhone stream quality it would fall well below both 4.3 and 4.4.

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 06:49

39. JakeLee (banned) (Posts: 1021; Member since: 02 Nov 2013)


Do you have to try so hard to prove that you are a moron?

The test was performed by the same Optofidelity with their industry machines for *factories* for sorting out *defective* parts at the assembly line.

The vendors only have to port the driver and run a simple factory calibration on the touchscreen, and if the touchscreen is not *defective*, the results are the same as shown on GS4.

It's such a trivial thing.

There is NO single vendor that would have difficulties with this step.

Apple went much further and applied their proprietary heuristics for better UX based on comprehensive studies on human behavior.

Of course it seems to be somewhat off when it's operated by a stupid machine.

You Androtakus indeed need salvation.

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 06:28

38. JakeLee (banned) (Posts: 1021; Member since: 02 Nov 2013)


Wow, you are naïve!

YouTube is currently flooded with *paid* "reviewers".

Just contact some named "reviewers" pretending being an app developer for example, they will bluntly ask for money, the amount depending on their number of subscribers.

The world must be very beautiful for you. I really envy you.

posted on 01 Dec 2013, 06:00

22. 1701nino (unregistered)


I have no problem with my Nexus 4,as far as video is concerned everything looks to be the same as before.
But the again if this is true,then google should be seriously be woried because apple would never allow this.

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