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Square Motorola Android Handset Leaks, Froyo Sees 450% Speed Boost

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Square Motorola Android Handset Leaks, Froyo Sees 450% Speed Boost

Motorola's Azingo purchase may mean it doesn't quite love Android as much as it had made out, but that hasn't stopped it coming up with the craziest handset yet to be based on Google's mobile OS.

The 'Flipout' is the first square Android handset we've seen and it takes more than a passing influence from teen targeted handset the Nokia Twist (right).

Despite its novelty looks, the Flipout does actually mean business with a 2.8in capacitive display, 3G, WiFi, GPS and nippy 700MHz processor, though the 3MP camera is fairly standard fair. Motorola has also been good enough to plump for Android 2.1 - the latest version - even though reports are Android 2.2 (codenamed 'FroYo') will be out imminently.

Availability? Talk is of June, but we don't know if that will be UK or US only. Interested? You know what they say: it's hip to be square (yes, I went there).

In related news Bloggers Android Police report that while native Flash support may be the most high profile change to Android 2.2, its tests with the latest developer build confirm something else of great importance: speed.

Using Android benchmarking app Linpack, it found performance on the Nexus One improved by an astonishing 450 per cent. How the final build - and indeed other handsets will respond - is unknown, but it could mark a game changing development from the platform which has already overtaken iPhone sales...

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Via HDBlog (translated)

Android Police

Chris

May 12, 2010, 8:30 pm

Well I'm still rocking 1.5 on my Hero. By the time the Hero gets its official 2.1 update, all the cool kids will be blazing along on 2.2. I could really use that speed boost.





Thanks a million, HTC.

xenos

May 12, 2010, 8:39 pm

R.E. Linpack and Android 2.2, you should say what that actually does!





http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L...





It's not flash related, although will certainly help. Raw performance increases of 450% are INSANE, this is MASSIVE news!





Perhaps now so much more power can be utilised in the processor it can throttle back it's speed (if they actually do this) when performing background tasks and when in use. Potential for substantial battery life increases..

HarryGlass

May 12, 2010, 9:03 pm

I imagine some of that 450% increase is due to removing certain core parts of the OS. Once you install them again from the market some of that speed gain will be lost. Still, it sounds very promising and I must say quite welcome.





For all the good things about Android it never seemed to be that most resource friendly and this efficiency push in Froyo has come not a moment too late. If they want to compete with the iPhone they really need to be as sleek as possible. With Apple doing Hardware & Software they can make a really efficient device, with Google only doing the software that's not possible so they need to make Android leaner.





My poor Samsung Galaxy would love this update, but like @Chris's Hero I am not holding my breath.

TheBoneMachine

May 12, 2010, 9:46 pm

@Chris Have you thought about rooting and installing a custom ROM? It sounds scary but it couldn't be easier and the extras you can get are brilliant.





I've been playing around with different android 2.1 ROMs for the last two months. The current best IMO is called Slidevillain http://villainrom.co.uk/





It's a lot faster than the stock 1.5 ROM and supports lots of niceties like navigation, theme support and new HTC widgets.





The first official 2.1 Hero update has been released by Verizon for the HTC Droid Eris today so the Hero shouldn't be too far away from getting it. http://gizmodo.com/5537226/dro...

xenos

May 12, 2010, 11:25 pm

The 450% figure is because they have implemented a JIT compiler..





http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J...





'It converts code at runtime prior to executing it natively, for example bytecode into native machine code. The performance improvement over interpreters originates from caching the results of translating blocks of code, and not simply reevaluating each line or operand each time it is met.'





= Some applications won't see much of an increase but some will literally be 2-3x faster at certain tasks, epic win..





Gordon's link to 'Android Police' is quite informative too.

rav

May 13, 2010, 12:16 am

@Chris


Totally agree with @TheBoneMachine. Rooting really isn't too tough. There are some great guides available and (geek that I am) I found the process quite fun.





Even though the official 2.1 ROM isn't too far off now it will probably be the end of the line for official Hero updates and will likely also lock down any exploits to root.





If you're up to it it's definitely worth rooting now. I'm sure XDA will still be cooking ROMs unofficial ROMs beyond 2.1. They've kept the G1 going strong all this time even though Official support hasn't been great.





Agree about Villain ROM as well!

Runadumb

May 13, 2010, 1:33 am

I hope every Android handset gets this update ASAP. I can imagine manufactures really holding out to encourage people to just upgrade to a new phone for a speed boost. The sneaky f**king dirty rotten B******s that they are.


Hopefully getting the nexus one will pay off and I will be flying along on 2.2 26secs after it's released.

ShaunB

May 13, 2010, 10:31 am

If you have a look at what the Linpack benchmark does, it is basically solving a set of linear equations. That's great for pushing the processor but it is just the sort of thing that JIT compiling will give the most benefit to (compile code once then run it natively many times).





Beware of benchmarks, they never tell the whole story (trust me, I'm a software engineer writing high performance Java code). In reality JIT may give a useful performance increase in some circumstances, but it will be nowhere near 450%.

Chris

May 13, 2010, 5:59 pm

@ravmania, @TheBoneMachine: Actually, I've already rooted it in order to unlock it. Mine's the Orange version with the Orange-spec firmware that wouldn't accept unlock codes, so I flashed MoDaCo to it. I hadn't considered a 2.1 ROM since I figured they might still be a bit immature, but I'll look into your pointers. Cheers, lads.

rav

May 14, 2010, 12:46 am

@Chris


They're getting pretty good now. Villain is probably the best IMHO. Most of the bugs have now been sorted. For me the few issues were more than offset by being able to access all the latest apps and features.

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