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.

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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Nexus 7 (2013)
  • Display 7.0" 1920 x 1200 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, Quad-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 3950 mAh
Nexus 7
  • Display 7.0" 1280 x 800 pixels
  • Camera / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor NVIDIA Tegra 3 T30L, Quad-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB
  • Battery 4325 mAh



1. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

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

5. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

No just more efficient.

2. jraymp

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 27, 2013

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

3. mahmood74

Posts: 18; Member since: Jul 24, 2013

The video its bafd 4.4

34. oNEWorld

Posts: 140; Member since: Aug 01, 2013

I haven't noticed a difference

4. BReND0

Posts: 74; Member since: Dec 07, 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

6. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 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.

7. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 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

8. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 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.

9. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

Hi Everyone Yehey Im not banned Thanks PhoneArena

10. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

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

12. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

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

15. JakeLee

Posts: 1021; Member since: Nov 02, 2013

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

16. JC557

Posts: 1919; Member since: Dec 07, 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...

11. galanoth

Posts: 428; Member since: Nov 26, 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.

17. JakeLee

Posts: 1021; Member since: Nov 02, 2013

Or maybe your eyesights are Scroogled?

18. Reality_Check

Posts: 277; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Or maybe you're just a Troll?

19. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

He is. Trolls go away if you ignore them.

20. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

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

13. JakeLee

Posts: 1021; Member since: Nov 02, 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.

14. GoBears

Posts: 456; Member since: Apr 27, 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.

21. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 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.

23. JakeLee

Posts: 1021; Member since: Nov 02, 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.

25. GoBears

Posts: 456; Member since: Apr 27, 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.

26. GoBears

Posts: 456; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

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

27. WakaFlakaD

Posts: 576; Member since: Apr 30, 2011

I thought there was a operating system stopped supporting Flash?? Well HTML5 is the future anyway

28. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 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.

29. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

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

30. GoBears

Posts: 456; Member since: Apr 27, 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.

31. GoBears

Posts: 456; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

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

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