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Android L – Rerouting Google…

Performance doesn’t change that much compared to Android 4.4 KitKat in general. We see some regressions in certain benchmarks and admirable jumps in others, but that’s the old Dalvik VM vs. ART story all over again; this performance delta isn’t noticeable by the end-user. What is noticeable though is the improved response latency to the user’s input. It’s a mix of clever graphical tricks and various optimizations throughout the system, but Android L certainly feels snappier.

It’s a curious case though, because performance drops do happen, and when they do the framerate drops below an acceptable limit, visibly hampering the fluidity of the graphical interface. Only time will tell if the current generation of hardware isn’t powerful enough to drive Android L at 60fps on a 1080p screen or if it’s just a matter of optimizations that couldn’t make their way in the Developer Preview.

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