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Android 2.2 Froyo Increases Performance Of Eclair By 500 Percent

Google's next version of Android codenamed Froyo will be up to five times faster than the current version, nicknamed Eclair, a feat that has been just revealed after an intensive benchmarking session on a Nexus One smartphone.

Androidpolice (opens in new tab) says that Froyo will be released to partners and Android users on the 19th of May and got one of its team members to test Froyo for the past week or so.

For the love of geeks, Androidpolice ran a benchmark called LINPACK which shows performance relative to other phones in a standard calculation and delivers a number which can be compared directly to another one.

Note that the benchmark was specifically designed for Android; tests on Hero produced around 2MFLOPS, rising to 7MFLOPS on Nexus One with Android 2.1 and a whopping 37.6MFLOPS when running Android 2.2.

Since this is only a benchmark, it will be interesting to see whether real life scenarios will reflect a significant boost in performance as well. Furthermore, one has to wonder whether users of first generation Android smartphones may get a new lease of life.

However, some members have highlighted that the JIT compilation in the kernel only helps programs that have not been compiled in the native code, which is the case for Flash and some video codecs and drivers.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.