Millions of people around the world are using android. The OS upgrades are a way to fix bugs and enhance the performance of your device to give you better performance. The main difference between Android and iOS upgrades is the fact that Android upgrades are not spread out equally to all the devices owing to billions of smartphones running on this platform with the wide range of hardware and software settings. However, to an extent, iOS is built for all of its iPhones or iPads and can be accessed by users of all models equally.
Performance & Battery Life in Lollipop platform – Truth vs. Hype
Are you wondering how Google made it possible to get even better performance and battery life from its latest upgrade? Well, before jumping on that you must acknowledge that the newer smartphones available in the market have superior RAM and processing power thanks to advancement in intensive Research and Development activity in the smartphone industry.
Android 5.0 comes with default Android Runtime or ART feature. This was available even in 4.4 and later versions, but it wasn’t made default. In fact, the older OS used Dalvik runtime system which essentially compiled Java byte code into native hardware instructions every time the application was opened. The Lollipop interestingly manages to run the AOT or ahead of time compiler which compiles all the codes only once. It has been able to do so because of larger RAM space dedicated to newer devices. This is claimed to have increased the efficiency of the codes which consequently use lesser CPU cycles to perform the operations.
The benefits are two-fold here – Better performance and reduced battery usage. On top of that the new Battery Saver, mode offered by the software along with the usage history help users to identify the critical applications which are eating up the battery more so they can optimize the way they use phones for enhancing battery life. A range of handsets such as Moto X, LG G3, Moto G, and Galaxy S5 was tested using PC Mark suite and other standard software, with the same global update of Android Lollipop 5.0 and here is the detailed result obtained:
- In terms of CPU performance, the handsets Samsung Galaxy S5 and Moto G (2014 version) were found to have an increase of close to 6% computing power. This gain in performance is termed as decent although not so great; it at least meets the expectations. However, the LG G3 failed to impress and recorded a reduced performance by up to 5%. Moto X performance remained virtually the same.
- Talking about GPU performance, as expected, remained the same with close to only 2% increase recorded only in case of Samsung Galaxy S5. Moto G also remained the same, and even in this case the performance of LG G3 drops by 3%, and Moto X showed a similar trend.
- Coming to battery life, it remained the same in video playback and web browsing tests for all the devices but showed varying results in other areas. Moto G disappointingly witnessed reduced battery performance just like LG G3 did. It is hard to conclude on the battery performance as the ways phones are used vary among individuals. Some may use it for gaming which drains your battery life faster whereas others may use it merely for calling and social media. The other handsets showed no change in battery life.
From the statistics above it can be comprehended that while there can be inferior battery performance but your phone becomes faster with Android Lollipop!