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Not meant to be touched

December 7, 2011

Andrew Munn, a former intern at Google (now working as intern in Windows Phone team) and a software engineering student, posted his thoughts on why Android is laggier than the other major mobile OSes:

Work on Android started before the release of the iPhone, and at the time Android was designed to be a competitor to the Blackberry. The original Android prototype wasn’t a touch screen device. Android’s rendering trade-offs make sense for a keyboard and trackball device. When the iPhone came out, the Android team rushed to release a competitor product, but unfortunately it was too late to rewrite the UI framework.

Reading further down on Andrew’s post, it’s more obvious that Google will never rewrite Android from ground up, which means the lagginess will always there. Although when he said at the end of his post that Android 5.0 will bring the buttery-smooth UI, he doesn’t say if it will be a rewritten Android or not.

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