Android 2.1 update on Motorola DROID slows graphic processing on the phone

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Android 2.1 update on Motorola DROID slows graphic processing on the phone
Motorola DROID users had been teased a couple of times before the Android 2.1 upgrade finally started to rollout this past week. Now, some DROID owners might want to give it back! It seems that the upgrade changed the code a little bit and the bottom line is that graphics are processed at a lower rate of speed after Android 2.1 is installed. To the naked eye, there might not be much of a difference, but as the video below shows, the numbers tell the tale: speeds drop by as much as 50% in some tests. Some game developers who have noticed the drop in frames per second have been in touch with Motorola and we will see if this is considered a big enough deal to halt the rollout of the upgrade to put together a fix for the problem, or if things will proceed with a future tweak in store.

Motorola DROID Specifications | Review

source: TesujiGames via AndroidCentral



1. cj100570

Posts: 204; Member since: May 12, 2009

This mess has already been proven to be bunk. Please step up your reporting and stop regurgitating what's posted elsewhere.

17. gebus23

Posts: 6; Member since: Mar 30, 2010

youre post is unnecessary.. especially since some of us read phonearena and not elsewere...

2. uknow85

Posts: 38; Member since: May 28, 2009

i can tell my phone seems a bit sluggish at times and it wasn't before so i believe it to be true

3. cj100570

Posts: 204; Member since: May 12, 2009

If you're running live wallpapers it's definitely sluggish at startup. But as for the test that was run in the video it's already been disproven. He used 2 different phones instead of running the tests on the same phone; on 2.0.1 and on 2.1 which means the testing isn't consistent. And others have run the test and have gotten wildly different results even when using the same phone. I haven't noticed any slow down on my phone and as most posters on other forums are pointing out, there phones are running noticeably faster after the update. And with all the leaks of 2.1 that have been making the rounds the past few months someone would have noticed this besides him.

12. DonkeyPunched

Posts: 321; Member since: Jan 10, 2010

I was about to ask you about your source on why you think this has been disproven, but you make a great point and pretty much solved my question.

4. Galen20K

Posts: 582; Member since: Dec 26, 2008

tsk tsk tsk! *shakes head***

5. MightyTBird

Posts: 4; Member since: Nov 16, 2009

Downloading 2.1 now...finally!!

6. numberonenygfan

Posts: 211; Member since: Oct 19, 2009

this guy is a retard. First of all get a life and stop making a good thing bad. I have the update and i dont see a difference in performance at all. If i were in the same room as this idiot i would shove that phone in his a@@! I am so sick of nerds that dissect every little thing about any electronic device! this is b.s. and should be taken off the website and that person who ran the test should be slapped around ! 2.1 is a great update for the droid and i think everyone should just enjoy the freakin pinch zoom since everyone has been bitching about it for the last six months shut up! you got the features you wanted... enjoy the phone for what it is and if you dont like it buy a new one. I love my droid and with 2.1 it does more now then ever.

13. DonkeyPunched

Posts: 321; Member since: Jan 10, 2010

If we didn't have these "nerds" to dissect the every little things we like about our products, we wouldn't be able to find any bad in them. This sort of thing can possibly lead to fixing the problems. I know it looks like this person is making the update look bad (and from the looks of the comments, it seems his method, of showing us this, is flawed), but sometimes these people have a really good point and can actually help make the product better rather than always focusing on the new features.

15. numberonenygfan

Posts: 211; Member since: Oct 19, 2009

understood, but my point is .. if it aint broke dont fix it. I just feel that this is not something that most people will notice or even give a crap about they got their pinch zoom weather and news app. and their live wallpapers... i mean i understand why people do it but .. i guess this stuff never going to be perfect specs wise. oh well, lets just hope they dont make it any worse because as far as im concerd if i hadnt read this article i would have never noticed this.

7. MightyTBird

Posts: 4; Member since: Nov 16, 2009

ok, got the update. Still only have 3 home screens and pinch to zoom doesnt seem to work. What am I doing wrong? But, it does seem to be faster.

11. cellgeek82

Posts: 518; Member since: Dec 20, 2009

If you can't use pinch zoom make sure you're not on a mobile version website. Some sites like Google, CNN, Facebook etc will sometimes run in a mobile web version of the site and sometimes hinders zooming because it's usually not needed. Scroll to the bottom of the page and select "full site" if available. I tried it on the full site of and pinch zoom does work.

8. ajmoore88

Posts: 25; Member since: Apr 13, 2008

I can def notice a speed drop since I manually updated from the phonearena website. Whatever I like the benefits enough that I can deal with waiting an extra second here and there.

9. newfreedom

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

I got my android 2.1 OTA for droid. The phone is definitely faster and more stable. For example, QuickDial (one of my favorites) used to take about five to six seconds to load all the contact photos under 2.0.1. Now, it is super fast and completes cold-start load in less than two seconds. GDocs also loads a couple of seconds faster. In the beginning right after the OTA update, there were just a couple of apps that did force-close and needed some TLC, which went away after a couple of resets or updates. I would recommend allowing the phone enough time to complete initial loading after each restart (say, one or two minutes?), and killing the unnecessary apps with a Task Manager (be sure not to kill any widget apps that need to be live to update - I hear people do this and complain not realizing what they have done...). By the way, I have replaced my default home app (default launcher) with HelixLauncher, which is as fast (of even faster) and reliable as the default home app and gives me up to 7 home pages plus main app tray at the bottom effectively creating the fifth row which is constant for all 7 pages. Now my Droid is a perfect phone finally. It used to be a bit too laggy with original 2.0.1. OTA 2.1 update made the platform much faster and more stable.. Perfect! Just wanted to share my experience...

10. cellgeek82

Posts: 518; Member since: Dec 20, 2009

I finally got my 2.1 and I don't see any sluggishness. If it is slowing things down it's really hard to notice. DROID is still faster than most phones, including iPhone HA!

14. exidor07

Posts: 3; Member since: Apr 02, 2010

I just got the upgrade on three of my phones. I am not having the issues reported above. Phones works great!

16. Mateo8326

Posts: 472; Member since: Jul 15, 2009

There's ALWAYS bugs when the 1st release or anything much like a updated os when it comes out at 1st duh

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