How to speed up your Android device

Yesterday you’ve got your very own android device, congratulations and welcome to the world of alterations and tweaks. Why I say “yesterday”? because usually this is the time when people start to think about rooting, speeding, tweaking their devices. Why did I say “welcome to the world of…”? No, I’m not hater of android, and not even in opposition but I strongly believe that Android is young enough to have a lot of work to be done ahead. The potential of android is far beyond all other OSs and as any other Open Source project it is developed by you, or people like you with more skills in programming. Agree with me, how would you be able to reprogram something if you wouldn’t see a fault? Thats why every newer distribution of android is getting even better speed-wise and battery-wise. Today I want to share a bit of my own experience with my own android phones that I had. My first device was T-mobile Pulse, it had small processor, little memory little space for applications but large screen, which would consume quite some battery. That was my first baby that I started to tweak. The next one was Samsung Galaxy S I’ve got it couple of months after it was released. With Samsung I started to really tweak hard, those phones are very easy to root and very safe to flash new and newer firmwares. Currently I have Samsung galaxy S2 and very happy with it.

The topic I wanted to speak about is speeding up the android device. Why to speed up? did you ever touch iPhone? did you see smooth animations of their home launcher? well, that is the first thing that normal user want to see on their phone. The second and most important speed shower, is 3d animation. Those are various games, 3d applications like Google earth, and 3d effects of home launcher. User definitely want to have all of those aspects covered and, surely, those things can be “out of the box” with most recent android phones. I personally like to have speed vs battery life healthy mixture and two of those are walking together most of the time – if you want more performance, you get less battery life and opposite.

Now, let’s come to the practical advises:

1. As newer your phone model as smoother and faster it will be.

2. Even older phones have some updates available from official distributor. Make sure your phone has last updates of firmware.

3. If you are ok with rooting your phone, check relative forums on the web about various firmwares available, and their performance, verify carefully every step of rooting/flashing that you may do with your phone. Remember, any mistake in this process can be the last mistake that you ever did with your phone. Dead phones are called “bricked” phones. Make sure you investigate bricking issues that others had before flashing anything.

4. Check how much free space your phone has, as less space left as slower phone will work. The same is about memory of the phone. Try to see what processes your phone have running before and after reboot, how much memory every process takes and write those processes down with the pen. Later you can remove those memory hungry applications or set them up in such a way that they wouldnt sit in memory. For example if you have an app that keeps checking Internet connection for synchronizing itself, but doing that, application must constantly sit in the memory of your device thus decreasing your phone’s performance and battery life. To get more space on the phone you can move some applications to sd card. Android itself, starting from Ginger Bread edition, has feature of moving apps to sd card.

5. See what home launcher application you currently use and maybe replace it with smaller alternative which wouldn’t eat too much memory. Usually home launcher takes most of the memory as it is always sits there. There are plenty of alternatives on the play store.

6. See how many active screens your home launcher has and how many widgets you have installed on those screens. Every widget is an application that take memory and sits there together with home launcher (read “all the time”).

7. And most important – give good reviews and positive feedbacks to those gurus who helped you with better-rising your lovely device! As more positive comments and likes and pluses, this type of article have, as more motivations developers have to improve your lovely device with new developments.


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