In October, during the announcement of Android 4.4 KitKat search giant Google said that the platform is optimized for smooth performance on devices with 512 MB of RAM. Google This step is to be welcomed – it not only gives hope to reduce the fragmentation of devices, but also will be of great benefit in promoting wearable devices such as watches or spectacles. Previously, many manufacturers of smartphones released budget devices on older versions of Android because of lower resource requirements.
As you know, the platform Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, which was introduced in June 2012, Google tried with the help of technology Project Butter (name should be emphasized that the interface works like clockwork) make the user interface OS as smooth, quick and pleasant (before this interface could behave imperfectly even the most powerful machines).
In Android 4.4 KitKat Google is using Project Svelte (the name refers to the task of making Android slimmer) tried to make the OS more versatile, suitable for both smartphones primary and high class. In a recent interview with the head of ReadWrite to develop Android Dave Burke (Dave Burke) said: «first over what I started working Google – Project Butter, designed to make the system more smoothly. Of oil ( butter) people usually get better, so that Google joked that I started working on Project Svelte (literally – “Project Sroyny”) to lose weight – as a result of my contribution Android zero ».
Then he touched the real objectives of the project, which has become one of the foundations of KitKat: «The purpose of Project Svelte was primarily reduction requirements for RAM to 512 MB system lacked. One of the tools by which we have achieved this, was to use Nexus 4 with 512 MB of RAM ».
all engineers working on the project were distributed to the Nexus 4, modified so as to use only 512 MB of RAM – a very original way to stimulate developers to accelerate the work of the operating system. But this did not stop.
«We have simplified the resolution displayed on the smartphone screen images up qHD (960 × 540), because many of today’s entry-level smartphones equipped with screens with this resolution, – added Mr. Burke. – We also reduced the number of processor cores from four to two, while reducing their maximum frequency. And, without exaggeration, many of us used a stripped-down machine as a standard smartphone. It was painful, especially at the beginning ».
idea seems quite justified – the result was Android 4.4 KitKat, which not only got more features become more reliable and started running smoothly, but also reduced the system requirements. Hopefully, this trend will continue in the future and each new Android OS version will be a bit faster than previous. However, developers of Google will give even weaker smartphones.