After 13 years, Android is finally becoming “very flat” … thanks to Android 12

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It’s no secret that Android has … a laggy reputation. When it comes to high-end phones, those days are almost gone, but mid-range and budget devices could use more “smoothness”.

“Smooth” old days

Part of the problem is a streamlined operating system. Android is famous for running many background processes, and therefore devices require more powerful hardware to cope with a demanding system. Over the last ten years, the hardware has seen a massive bump. For example, RAM has grown from 2-3GB to 8-12 and even 16-18 GB on some high-end gaming phones such as ROG Phone 5 & Final edition. The processing power is almost at the same level AppleFlagship – chipsets can be found iPhone 12, although it leaves a bit to be desired in terms of graphics.

Nonetheless, the massive boost in RAM and horsepower provides excellent performance in every day situation. Even companies like Samsung who had a reputation for making “laggy” phones (thanks to the highly customized TouchWiz interface on Android) have come to produce top results for the performance department.

Smoother … but how ?!

Now, Google has finally begun to pay attention to other aspects of “fluency.” Android 12 is said to bring tighter control to background processes such as Android System Server, Activity Window and Package Manager.
These background processes often “talk to each other simultaneously,” which often causes budget and mid-range devices to “think” more than they need to meet both user requirements and background processes.

This is not a “feature” that you can enable or disable. Google promises that a less attention-seeking background process will make your phone feel smoother, faster, and more responsive. The main benefits are in the animations – they are expected to be less vibrating. This should also improve the gesture navigation system, which is significantly less polished than the iPhone. With Qualcomm’s increasingly powerful chipsets and trendy high-refresh rate displays, this is expected to make all Android phones feel faster than they used to. Of course, we’re looking forward to testing Android 12 ourselves before drawing conclusions, but we’re excited. Especially budget phones, which are becoming more competitive than before.

This, along with new graphics, widgets, and upcoming privacy features (seeks to meet Apple’s recent security), makes Android more … a polished version of the old self, and we dig it.

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