Dell's Streak - hamstrung by Android 1.6 like a Jets QB sacked by a Patriots Linebacker
Why slow yourself down with a bag-a-donuts, like the neighborhood boys in blue, when you can stay light on your feet with frozen yogurt? Our sentiments exactly. And so, we've taken the liberty to update our in-house Streak with Dell's latest FroYo-infused release (for direct download to your device). What impressed us most, was just how much horsepower Android 1.6 was holding back. Upgrading to Android 2.2, shall we say, was a bit like releasing the Kracken! No really, it was that good. Behold the datapoints, they tell the story more than a thousand words...
Note: All scores other than the Dell Streak are based on Android 2.1 installations
Our two 3D Graphics benchmarks, An3DBench and Neocore show sizable performance gains as well. An3DBench offers a 2X increase going from Android 1.6 to 2.2 for its fill rate measurements to complex 3D scenes. Neocore, which is bit more industrial-strength, with its OpenGL-ES 1.1 compliant performance measurements, looks at performance with features like bump-mapping and 1-pass light maps. We'll take a solid 37% boost there, thanks to Android 2.2 FroYo.
Dell Streak with Android 2.2 and Dell Stage UI - Free at last.
What else can we tell you? Dell decided to load up their Stage UI on top of FroYo, which does a nice job of organizing things without adding much bloat. Regardless, the long and short of it is, Android 2.2 is all that and a side of fries, kids. If you can upgrade your device (any Android device, not just the Streak), do it today; perhaps even if you have to root it.