The Blue Screen of Death still casts a negative halo around Windows despite basically disappearing from PCs a decade ago, after Windows XP arrived. Similarly, I wonder if Android will be unfairly dogged by a reputation for a sluggish user interface for years even if version 4.0 ‘Ice Cream Sandwich’ effectively solves this nagging rendering problem. Before I go on, here’s the backstory for those of you who didn’t see the dueling Google+ blog posts that appeared earlier this week between Android engineer Dianne Hackborn and ex-Android-future-Windows-Phone intern, Andrew Munn on the subject of Android’s laggy rendering compared to iOS, Windows Phone 7, and other modern smartphone OSes. (Also! After I posted this blog, Hackborn responded with a strong rebuttal of Munn’s assertions. See my summary here.) Now, I had always assumed that sluggishness in Android was symptomatic of quality issues that are the inevitable result of Google’s open ecosystem strategy: 1) until Google’s acquisition of Motorola, its inability to optimize hardware with OS since they are built by different companies (unlike the iPhone or iPad); 2) the lower bar for entry for apps into the Android market that results in more potentially buggy apps. Then I heard about Ice… Read full this story
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