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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by ZDroid1, Oct 25, 2010.

  1. ZDroid1

    ZDroid1 Android Enthusiast
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    So I pull the phone out of my pocket, I hit the "phone" icon. And I can hear the damn crickets. Nothing for a few seconds. Then the phone appears. And it's a bit laggy. I push a number and it hesitates, and so on.

    I understand this is a robust operating system, and it's often busy doing things in the background, not to mention the apps and widgets that may be downloading stuff at any given moment.

    I'm not an expert, but I think if I were the one who designed the Android system, I would have establish some app precedence/priority system. For instance, if I try to start a game, the system might say, "Get in line. I'm in the middle of something," and put that in the queue.

    But if I press the phone icon, it would recognize it as an essential app and important request, HALT everything else and interrupt all updates, and make sure the damn phone app is up and running, and impose a temporary freeze on all resources to go on standby.

    Same goes for when I'm receiving a call. It takes a second sometimes to respond to the unlock swipe.

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  2. BookLover

    BookLover Android Expert

    What did you have running while you were trying to make a call that seemed to have prevented your making the call?

    When I go to the phone app, regardless of what else is going on in foreground or background, the phone works...Unless I don't have a signal.
  3. baillou2

    baillou2 Well-Known Member

    I find it a bit laggy myself. Whenever I hit the dialer app it can take a good 4 seconds to appear. That's crazy!
  4. BookLover

    BookLover Android Expert

    Interesting. I don't have any TK's installed. When I did have one installed, it did interfere with my email and sms notifications. I wonder if TKs have an affect on the Phone app?

    Do you have any TKs running on a schedule?
  5. ZDroid1

    ZDroid1 Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    I'm running stock with no task killers.
  6. BookLover

    BookLover Android Expert

    Are you using the stock launcher or LPP?
  7. Jack45

    Jack45 Android Expert

    I've found that if I delete my call log the lag dissipates due to less overhead during the load sequence.
  8. ZDroid1

    ZDroid1 Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    Stock everything right now. I'm trying everything to improve performance.
  9. sremick

    sremick Android Expert

    So you don't have any third-party apps installed?
  10. ZDroid1

    ZDroid1 Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    That I do, but nothing that interferes with the home screen or app drawer (like Launcher Pro), and no live wallpapers. No rooting or hacking of any kind. I have a very basic setup, with a single home screen and a static wallpaper. I'm only running two widgets: Battery Indicator, and Weather Bug, both of which reside in the notification bar (not the home screen area).

    I'm really sticking to the basics to get the best performance. And it still has lag. I can't imagine myself running it the way Android is often portrayed: Multiple home screens with an interactive live wallpaper, along with a bunch of scrolling live widgets all over, all sitting on top of Launcher Pro with its 3D app drawer. That would turn the phone into a painful slide show with a battery that dies every two hours.
  11. Lagunar

    Lagunar Member

    i have cognition 2.1.6, launcherPro and OCLF

    it takes.... 1 second

    still laggy, but nothing crazy
  12. vbnyc

    vbnyc Newbie

    Im suprised no one has developed a better phone app.

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