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Android smartphones, for a long time, have been notorious for exhibiting considerable lag during the day to day operations.

Many Android users would agree with me that back in the days of Android gingerbread and ice cream sandwich, the operating system was a slow, laggy and buggy mess.

That was primarily the reason why Google had two Android releases every year at that time, while Apple updated iOS once every year.

But things have changed a lot since then!

Project butter introduced in Android jellybean laid the foundations for a smoother Android experience of the future.

But is Android performance now lag-free?

Android Performance-current scenario

Android of today is definitely far superior to the Android version of 3 years ago.

It is more stable, less power hungry and more smoother in terms of general day to day operations.

However, quantifying an operating system as lag free is very difficult as the statement cannot be absolute. Being lag-free is always relative.

android lag

There are so many Android devices or there with varying hardware configurations. Hence the performance of Android is bound to vary.

The latest version of Android may run almost flawlessly on, say, the Google's latest pixel 2 smartphone.

But it may show a definite lag on a less powerful device like a Moto G6.

Performance Lag

Performance lag is a definite problem with all smartphones as they grow older.

This is true for any operating system, be it Android or iOS.

Newer versions of all operating systems aim for new and improved functionalities, user experiences and features, all of which requires more processing power.

As smartphones grow old, their older processors find it tough to handle the new demands of the operating system, results in lag.

Even iPhone's are not unaffected by it.

For years, iPhone's have been marketed as not having performance Lag. But the truth is, 2-3-year-old iPhone's have shown some performance lag issues when updated to the newest versions of iOS.

But why are old iPhone's still less laggy than Android?

That is a good question!

You may have seen that iPhone's get software updates for as long as 4-5 years whereas Android smartphones get only for 2-3 years max, if at all.

There are many reasons for this, but performance Lag is a major reason as well.

Most smartphones are not capable enough to run the latest versions of Android, as well as a user expects, after 2 years. They mostly utilize off the shelf hardware (processor, RAM etc) which is incapable of running the latest Android, thanks to lack of drivers and capability.

Plus there are 1000's of Android smartphones out there. It's impossible to optimize Android for each and every device.

iPhone's, on the other hand, design most of their hardware themselves.

This allows them to fine-tune the hardware and the software to run at the optimal performance for even older devices.

Take a look at the upcoming iOS 12 for instance!

Thanks to their custom processors, Apple has been able to fine-tune the performance of even older generation devices.

It offers iOS 12 to devices as old as 5 years and if beta software test reports are any indication, performance is markedly improved and better than iOS 11.

That, in itself, speaks volumes about the kind of performance improvement Apple has been able to bring to a vast array of its iOS running devices, something Google can only dream of at this moment.

Final thoughts

As of now, Android is a very smooth and capable mobile operating system.

In fact, I find both Android and iOS pretty neck and neck in terms of capabilities and performance.

Both have their own pros and cons. And personally, I love both and use both.

But, Android only performs admirably when using a latest high-end device. Cheaper devices don't perform that well.

If you compare this with Apple's iPhone's, you get smooth performance across devices.

And it's this variation in performance from device to device, that makes me say...

Yes, Android smartphones still lag.., at least most of them!

And I don't see this situation changing in the immediate future.

Maybe Google's project treble will yield fruits some day.

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  1. many application installed to make reduce ram.
    Sometimes I installed software lite if available.
    Anyway, nice post

    1. Its not alway about the ram. Nowadays almost all Android phones have atleast 3gigs of RAM which is adequate


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