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Here is why Android is laggy and why it’s going to remain like that in the near future

0. phoneArena posted on 07 Dec 2011, 03:38

Have you noticed that Android is laggy? It is. We hoped things would change with dual-core processors and when we got the LG Optimus 2X in our trembling hands, the first phone running…

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posted on 07 Dec 2011, 08:36 4

65. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)

The Miz SHUT THE FCK UP FOR ONCE. Youre getting very irritating.

posted on 07 Dec 2011, 11:38

85. andro. (Posts: 1999; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)

keep using your iphone and have new faults appearing my the week!

posted on 07 Dec 2011, 08:14 3

60. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


posted on 07 Dec 2011, 09:06

70. rendHELL (Posts: 304; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)

wow.... app addict or download addict??

posted on 07 Dec 2011, 10:36

79. jacko (unregistered)

i have 130 apps and my sgs II,razr,evo 3d, sensation are smooth

as i said i had iphone once and it was the biggest p.o.s i ever had
apps os froze all the time apps crashed

rarely happens on android the only one was the first sgs till os 2.3

android ftw

posted on 07 Dec 2011, 03:57 2

5. bbblader (Posts: 590; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)

i kinda agree WP7 Symbian and iOS are the least laggy OS's and if Symbian had Dual Core you cant disagree that it will be smoother than iOS

posted on 07 Dec 2011, 04:01 1

8. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

Symbian is in the list

posted on 07 Dec 2011, 04:08

9. bbblader (Posts: 590; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)

the most powerful processor that symbian runs on is 1GHz if it was dual-core 1,4GHz it will be a huge difference

posted on 07 Dec 2011, 04:27

15. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

Symbian is also hardware acelerated and I can sure tell you it helps. The alpha ICS rom Im on is quite the butter.

posted on 07 Dec 2011, 03:59 7

7. ore123 (Posts: 10; Member since: 14 Nov 2011)

if android doesnt lag it will become the best OS yet .

posted on 07 Dec 2011, 04:21 3

13. Firedrops (Posts: 249; Member since: 06 Sep 2011)

Very good read, the source article explained the reason and reasons that the problem is not solved very well, as well as rectifying a few misconceptions I never even knew I had about android. Thanks PA!

posted on 07 Dec 2011, 04:26 8

14. Jimstar (Posts: 259; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)

Call me when this "lag" starts impacting the ability of the OS to be productive. Till then "woe is me" I guess. I'm just not one to flick across and up and down a screen and be tickled by how smooth something appears...because I'm not a blithering idiot and have bigger things to worry about.
That goes for all mobile operating systems, not just android.

posted on 07 Dec 2011, 04:28 14

16. Mjay9090 (Posts: 4; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)

Solution is simple: BUY THE GALAXY S II . I have one and it is completely lag free !!!! That's probably one of the main reasons why Samsung is WINNING :D true story !!

posted on 07 Dec 2011, 04:29 4

17. Croxy (Posts: 55; Member since: 06 Dec 2011)

A great article PA! Hope that google fixes those problems :/
I'm no expert so I must ask, could google fix all of these problems with a big update of android and still support all those apps it does now?

posted on 07 Dec 2011, 04:32 10

21. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

The problem is that if you actually want your system resources to be evenly distributed in order to keep everything running as well as possible, you can't assign special priority to keeping the UI smooth. Android: better at multitasking, not quite as good at UI smoothness. iOS: better at UI smoothness, not so good at multitasking.

posted on 07 Dec 2011, 04:41 9

25. p0rkguy (Posts: 685; Member since: 23 Nov 2010)

Real question to every user when it comes to a situation like this is "Do you browse around the site while the site is still loading?"

As processing power gets better and better, Android will top iOS. iOS receives no gain from better processing. Whether or not Android has surpassed iOS presently is debatable.

posted on 07 Dec 2011, 05:05 5

26. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

And guess who has two thumbs and browses sites while they're still loading?

*jerks thumbs at myself* Thas right. Sniggly does. ;)

posted on 07 Dec 2011, 06:31 2

35. Leo_MC (Posts: 2540; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)


posted on 07 Dec 2011, 06:44 7

43. remixfa (Posts: 14604; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

the better question is "who the heck waits till the page is completely loaded before moving it around?"

I will happy take a slight drop in framerate over real functionality. Like always, i prefer the taste of steak to the sound of one.

posted on 07 Dec 2011, 04:32 2

22. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

That my friend is the bigest issue they are working on having both

posted on 07 Dec 2011, 04:30 4

18. Netolic (Posts: 144; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

lagg? small price to pay to have freedom over your phone.

posted on 07 Dec 2011, 04:30 18

19. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

A dropped framerate isn't really lag. But I understand the issue better now. It doesn't really matter to me; I don't need my phone to be buttery smooth all the time. Sure, it'd be nice, and Android is actually pretty damn smooth now, but my top priority when choosing a phone is thus:

Does the smartphone do what I want it to do? Does it fulfill my needs? And does it fulfill them more efficiently than competing phones?

So my needs are:

A phone that is reasonably durable, has good call quality and reception, has a good amount of storage for apps, music and other media, is customizable so I can optimize it for my lifestyle, keeps me up to date on weather and my social media, and helps me navigate the real world.

Android phones are tougher than the iPhone, generally have better call quality and reception, some have the same internal space as an iPhone (with the option to expand with memory cards), allow me to change virtually everything about icon placement/appearance, and widgets stream information in real time without me having to go into separate apps. They also come with free navigation software, a capability which all other OSes lack.

I'm not saying that you can't eventually accomplish the same with iOS or Windows Phone 7, but let's face it, their solutions aren't always as elegant (for instance, the lack of native navigation software). Android as a whole package just adds up more than its competitors.

Some people have different priorities than I do. I get that. The iPhone appeals best to those to whom aesthetics is absolutely key. It has to look its prettiest or it's automatically s**tty. See, I'm weird. I'm able to find the beauty in some pretty ugly looking things. The industrial, robotic, angular designs of many Android phones actually appeal to me more than the iPhone does. I'm also willing to live with the instances of lag if it means I get to keep everything else that I get from Android.

All right, I'm done rambling. Now all I have to do is wait for some jackass to make some shallow remark about how I'm wrong, stupid, or whatever, without exactly quantifying why.

posted on 07 Dec 2011, 05:59 6

30. HTCiscool (Posts: 449; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)

Great comment!

posted on 07 Dec 2011, 07:46 6

50. snowgator (Posts: 3604; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Okay, really nothing you said was wrong. Everything was very well thought out and defended by your own experiences. I just didn't want to disappoint you. :-D

posted on 07 Dec 2011, 08:08 2

55. remixfa (Posts: 14604; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

you beat me snowgator.. lol. :)

no, i completely agree sniggs.

besides, i love a good "machine" look. i like smooth "liquid" style for some metals and a good machined look for others. favorite car? the super hard angled and machined 89 lamborghini. It really depends on the subject to which i prefer.. :)

as far as phones go, functionality first.. always. if it cant do the things i need it to do, who gives a heck if it looks pretty in my pocket. ITS IN MY POCKET. lol

posted on 07 Dec 2011, 09:37 5

72. TalkingTechy (Posts: 97; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)

@Sniggly, I think you actually have a very good point.

I'm a perfect example of your thoughts: functionality over occasional lag.

As an iPhone 4 owner, I pretty much can't live without jailbreaking it. I jailbroke my phone on iOS4 and installed every tweak that existed. When iOS5 came out, I installed it right away. I knew it would kill my jailbreak, but didn't care because I really liked the new iOS5 features.

After a week or two, I missed my jailbreak (my most essential tweak I missed was one which allows you to go to previous/next song [long press volume buttons] and pause [hit both volume buttons simultaneously]. Great for in the car).

So, I jailbroke tethered and installed my most essential tweaks. Yeah, sometimes it's a little laggy when the camera opens and during other random tasks, but to me it's totally worth it for the customizability that jailbreaking brings.

posted on 07 Dec 2011, 10:31

78. SlimSoulja86 (Posts: 660; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)

Amen! to that. I don't have a problem with my Galaxy Tab 10.1, I use an iPhone as phone, even if I won iPad 2, I think I'd have sold it and buy me Tab 10.1, for me as an individual, Apple it's to strict and I feel like I'm limited to what my phone can do, buying iPad2 while I have an iPhone seems to be useless [it's like someone with an iPhone and they buy iPod Touch, like WTF?, cos iPhone is kinda build in iPod Touch {iPhone is like an iPod Touch that can make phone calls}, while iPad it's like super sized iPod Touch, so having an Android device I'm able to customize it to reflect me (while iDevide all looks the same). I'm a crazy Media Student, yet my iPhone looks like the iPhone of someone who wears a suite everyday[I hate suites] yet we're completely different ppl.

posted on 07 Dec 2011, 15:53 1

106. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)

Wow sniggly, that's one long list of excuses. And you're arguing with senior programmers who contributed to android lol.

posted on 07 Dec 2011, 17:22

113. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

Seems like someone wants a flame war so bad

posted on 07 Dec 2011, 19:53

126. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)

@proto. Yes. That's why my post is so lengthy and is so full of badmouthing android, while sniggly's post is short and sweet and never mentions anything negative about the iphone :)

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