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"Android can never be as smooth as iOS" myth busted

0. phoneArena posted on 25 Jan 2012, 05:14

Two months ago, a Google intern kicked off a discussion about why Android is often laggy: a sore point in the hearts of Android fans, and gave what seemed like a pretty legitimate explanation…

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posted on 26 Jan 2012, 01:30 2

54. BlazinEmperor (Posts: 35; Member since: 24 Nov 2011)

Are you guys trying to say that Android doesn't lag? Hang? Do random restarts expecially when u recieve a call? iOS is way much heavier than Android, it looks glossier, apps work & look better on it & HD games are buttery smooth. My dad bought a Galaxy S2 last year & it started lagging & doing random restarts & hard resets, Do you expect my 55yr old dad to start digging round the internet for a Lag Fix or Custom ROM? No! So he returned the phone & he got an iPhone4s & he's very happy with it, though itz signal strength is great, so I adviced him to import a Nokia 701 @ $350 & they both work great for him.

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 01:31

55. BlazinEmperor (Posts: 35; Member since: 24 Nov 2011)

I meant "signal strenght ISN'T great"

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 01:37

56. BlazinEmperor (Posts: 35; Member since: 24 Nov 2011)

In US, most people above 30yrs don't care about mobile OS, they just want an iPhone or a Samsung. in Europe, they just want a Nokia or an iPhone, same in Asia... Android only caters to the youth, but it could be much better if Google adds much effort, if Android doesn't evolve & shed off it's bad reputation, then 2013 might be tough on it.

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 08:48

65. furious00 (Posts: 2; Member since: 23 Sep 2012)

Great...the myth was busted. But guess what?

It's almost the end of 2013 and Android is still incredibly laggy!!!!

I jumped-ship from iOS to my first Android device (HTC One) and after 5 months, I'm looking for a buyer. I gave Android a shot. I rooted my phone. I installed multiple ROMs (always looking for one that gave me a sense of satisfaction) and now I'm ready to throw in the towel and head back to the OS I never should've left (I had big screen lust).

In the end, owning an Android phone is what made me a HUGE iOS fan.

posted on 23 Mar 2015, 19:44

66. dhinged (Posts: 9; Member since: 30 Oct 2014)

It's three years later and Android is still known for it's laggy scrolling and still behind iOS in performance, especially in comparable hardware specs. Even if this were programmed in C++, Android would still be inefficient because of the way they handle priorities (user interaction is still not given highest priority over background processing like iOS), and the only way to fix it properly is to rewrite it at a level that will break compatibility with older phones and cause years of transition, so Android is basically locked into sub-par battery-draining performance inefficiencies and issues regardless of hardware for the indefinite future.

It doesn't matter what anybody says, real-world performance is the truth, and Android has always lagged behind iPhone in performance and responsiveness and always will. I could believe everything these guys are saying disputing this intern and that doesn't change how Android phones I've tried behave. Google doesn't put the user first, and Project Butter is a bunch of workarounds for a fix Google was too afraid to implement and almost incapable of doing now.

posted on 19 Feb 2016, 07:36

67. Freddyb123 (Posts: 12; Member since: 09 Nov 2015)

I will say years ago, yes iPhone was smoother and more fluid. Today this is simply not true, and if anything iPhone has fallen far behind android in performance. Not to mention the iPhone has lacked innovation in recent years, and it seems they have been recycling old ideas found on Android. When comparing Android to iOS, there is one major difference. Andros has lower range , mid range, and then flagship devices, while apple only has flagship devices, (the iphone)... I will say however recently phone makers have come out with mid range devices (such as the HTC A9) which have and equally good design and better specs, batter life, memory , display etc... But like I said I think earlier on, yes the iPhone had better performance and was more fluid, but recently Android flashiest have proved to be more fluid, faster, smoother, etc... The iPhone was the first 64-bit phone which definitely made a big difference over Androids 32-bit but, phone makers like HTC have really pushed Android in the right direction with better designs (such as an all metal body, a look even apple adopted into the iPhone) better cameras, audio, displays, camera technology etc... So 4-5 years ago yes the iPhone seemed more fluid and faster, but that time has come and past and now the iPhone seems more like a mid-range device Compared to some Android flagships. The iPhone is a perfect example of how little specs mean on paper. Phone makers such as HTC follow a similar approach, making their phones basic with out slot of bloatware and pointless apps, and an unnecessary QHD display all which compromise your phones performance and battery life. A phone with 4gb's of ram and a large battery doesn't necessarily mean it will out perform a phone with less ram and a smaller battery. It comes down to consumption not capacity, and how well the phone works as a whole. But yes this statement is far from true especially today. I have tested slot of phones side by side and I have always preferred HTC above all. HTC has high end specs but follows a minimalist design which gives you the most of of them. Not to mention HTC developed the first smart phone ever, and they developed designs, and features found on most phones today. There are also changed you can make in your Android phone to make it even more fluid and faster, such as cheating your animations from 1 down to .5, and boosting your CPU in developer options. Recently I know many people who have switched to Android due to performance issues with their iPhone, but I'm sure there are people who have switched to iPhone due to perofrmnace issues with Android. There are upsides and downsides on both ends, but personally I prefer Android, HTC to be exact. I have had many phones, over the years and I have compared many phones and over all HTC has remained consistent and dependable with great performance.

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