We knew for awhile that Android was going to receive a nice performance boost with the new JIT compiler found in Android 2.2. Google proclaimed a 2x-5x performance increase when they unveiled Android 2.2 at Google I/O and now a select few with Nexus One phones are reaping the benefits.
Google accidently sent out a pre-release version of Android 2.2 that many manually installed on their phone. I’ve been running that firmware on my Nexus One for nearly a week and I can honestly say I have noticed a big difference in all areas of my phone. Apps launch quicker, games perform faster, and my phone never slows down.
We have been in search of a comprehensive Android benchmark for quite awhile, but none have stood out so far. I recently came across Quadrant from Aurora Softworks and I think it’s what I have been looking for. Quadrant performs a series of tests which benchmark the CPU, memory, I/O, and 2D/3D graphics.
All the scores are grouped together in the free version (available now in the Android Market), but a professional edition is coming next month that will allow the user to run individual tests and monitor the results.
I wanted to see how the current high-end Android phones stacked up, so I benchmarked the Nexus One, HTC EVO, Droid Incredible, and Droid. As expected, the Nexus One running Android 2.2 came out on top by a wide margin. The EVO and Incredible ran neck and neck, but that is no surprise since they both use the same Snapdragon platform running Android 2.1. Pulling up the rear was the Motorola Droid, which features a slower 550 MHz TI OMAP3430 processor.
Based on this single benchmark suite, it looks like the Android 2.2 firmware boosted the scores by almost 300%. Android users who owns a high-end device should be pleased by these results because most will eventually receive Android 2.2. The Droid is expected to be updated first and then be followed by the EVO and Incredible later this year.
The benchmark only takes a couple minutes to download and run through all the tests, so share your scores in the comments. I’m curious what all the overclockers out there can achieve.