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Android gains some more firepower

These days with its ever expanding army of handsets, which just passed the iPhone in U.S. market share, Google's Android doesn't need too much extra help to obtain dominance.  However, Google isn't pulling any punches -- that much is obvious from early speed tests from the latest version of the OS.

Android Police obtained an early copy of the upcoming OS update Android 2.2 (codenamed Froyo, short for "frozen yogurt") and have benchmarked it using the utility Linpack.  Linpack is designed to test Davlik virtual machines -- and the core of Android is a Davlik VM.

The authors of Linpack describe it, writing:
The LINPACK Benchmarks are a measure of a system’s floating point computing power. Introduced by Jack Dongarra, they measure how fast a computer solves a dense N by N system of linear equations Ax = b, which is a common task in engineering. The solution is obtained by Gaussian elimination with partial pivoting, with 2/3*N3 + 2*N2 floating point operations. The result is reported in Millions of FLoating-point Operations Per Second (MFLOP/s, sometimes simply called FLOPS).
The HTC Nexus One with Android 2.1 received a score of 6.5 to 7 MFLOPS, still impressive compared to the HTC Hero's lesser score of 2 MFLOPS.  The Nexus One with Android 2.2 blows both of them away, though, posting a score of 37.593.  That's a 450 percent performance gain over Android 2.1, at least.  To put that further in perspective, an Eee PC scores about 66 MFLOPS, at max.

The Linpack results appear to have come thanks to the new just-in-time (JIT) compiler in Froyo (Android 2.2).  JIT compilers boost performance of interpreted codes like Java.  While this won't help native apps directly, it means that many of your apps will get at least a 2 to 3-fold speed increase.  And native apps should indirectly benefit, as faster non-native apps means more CPU freed for native ones.

Froyo will also be packing Flash 10.1, putting it a step ahead of competitor Apple.  It's clear that Google is bringing its A-game to the table, and it should be thrilling to watch Android 2.2 in action on some of the hot upcoming Android handsets like the HTC EVO (on Sprint), the first 4G Android smart phone.

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update to slightly older handsets?
By ChugokuOtaku on 5/12/2010 9:46:02 AM , Rating: 4
I wonder if older handsets like Droid will get this update too...

RE: update to slightly older handsets?
By Methusela on 5/12/2010 11:05:01 AM , Rating: 2
Or, in the case of Sprint, I wonder if older handsets like the HTC Hero will ever even get Android 2.1...

By GreenEnvt on 5/12/2010 12:51:32 PM , Rating: 2
Rogers in Canada has announced they will upgrade the Magic from 1.5 to 2.1, so I wouldn't be surprised to see the Hero also get it.

RE: update to slightly older handsets?
By mcbaine on 5/13/2010 3:54:14 PM , Rating: 2
Sprint has said that they're bringing Android 2.1 to both the HTC Hero and Samsung Moment by the end of 2H of '10.

RE: update to slightly older handsets?
By mcbaine on 5/13/2010 3:59:43 PM , Rating: 2
Nix that, I meant end of 2Q '10

By Cheesew1z69 on 5/15/2010 3:31:30 PM , Rating: 2
Moment update came out yesterday.

RE: update to slightly older handsets?
By muhahaaha on 5/12/2010 11:21:37 AM , Rating: 2
I'd also like to know if Android 2.2 will be installable on my just purchased HTC Incredible. I'm assuming it will be, but does anyone have any hard facts on the upcoming update regarding compatibility with existing phones?

By Jeffk464 on 5/12/2010 8:58:39 PM , Rating: 2
Seriously doubt it, I imagine they will make it an update.

By omnicronx on 5/13/2010 11:13:09 AM , Rating: 2
I see no reason that any 2.* compatible phone would not be able to take the 2.2 update, unless of course your carrier/google chooses not to allow it.

Google is trying to stop fragmentation between phones, not increase it. Its not in Googles best interests to force users to buy new phones (unlike Apple, making users replace their handsets has absolutely no value for Google as they don't make money from hardware).

A phone replacement does not increase their userbase, knowing that your phone will be upgradeable going forward very well could.

RE: update to slightly older handsets?
By FITCamaro on 5/12/2010 1:03:50 PM , Rating: 1
The Droid better be getting it. Its what? 7 months old?

By Mojo the Monkey on 5/12/2010 1:58:34 PM , Rating: 2
of course it will.

By SkullOne on 5/12/2010 3:46:23 PM , Rating: 2
One of Droid's selling points was Flash 10.1 support. Android 2.2 appears to be needed for that. Unless Motorola/Verizon want a class action lawsuit we will see 2.2. Sad thing is we'll see it with custom ROM's first as VZN and Motorola will take forever just like they did with 2.1.

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