For a point upgrade, Android 2.2 has high aspirations. Google’s latest upgrade is 450%, that’s right, 450% faster than it’s previous effort.
Google’s mobile strategy clearly couldn’t be any further away from Apple’s. Back in 2007 Apple released the iPhone minus some features some said were so critical, the device was bound for failure. Three years later, these features are steadily being added as and when Apple declares them fit for public consumption.
Google on the other hand is taking the same approach as with their myriad business ventures – flinging a mess of stuff at the wall and seeing what sticks.
Benchmark tests on Google’s Nexus One using the Linmark tool measure the system’s floating point computing power. The system’s capability is measuring in Millions of Floating Point Operations Per Second, or MFLOP/s. Apparently, the Nexus One running Android 2.1 marks at around 6.5 – 7 MFLOP/s, whereas Android 2.2 on the same device jumps to around 37.5 MFLOP/s.
If you’re already choking back tears of boredom, I apologize. The important thing to note is that Android is improving in leaps and bounds, and one day may yet prove to be a worthy competitor to Apple’s iPhone OS.