Mobile Devices

October 11, 2013

New Kindle Fire HD Touchscreen: Faster Than Other Android Tablets

The app streaming company based in Menlo, Calif., that brought mobile app streaming to the touchscreen smartphone, Agawi, has just released the results of its recent Touchmarks benchmark. The results brought a surprise to many people. Agawi announced that the recently released Kindle Fire HD has a faster touchscreen response than that of the larger companies using the Android platform, Samsung and Google.

Agawi was the first to develop a benchmark to determine how fast a touchscreen responds when someone touches it, which is important in the field of display image quality. In the past, most discussion about touchscreens on a smartphone revolved around pixels and image quality.

Agawi’s engineers from Stanford and Netflix had to build a device, called a Touchscope, to determine what the response time was on a smartphone. This device had to be accurate to the (+/-) four milliseconds to determine what the Minimum App Response Time score was on a given device.   

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Rohan Relan, the co-founder and CEO of Agawi, explains, "App responsiveness is judged by how quickly an app can respond to your touch inputs. MART scores are really important in understanding how fast a touch device can possibly respond to your touch, even if the app is doing absolutely nothing else.”

Agawi’s new Touchmarks II determines what the Minimum App Response Time is on various tablets. Their scores caught many people off guard when the Kindle Fire HD outperformed the Google Nexus 7 and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3.8.0.   Originally, the Google Nexus 7 and Galaxy Tab 3 were compared to the Apple iPad Mini, and the iPad Mini was found to be two times faster than its competitors, with a speed of 75 milliseconds. Then, the Fire HD was compared to its other Android family members. When, just like the iPod Mini, it surpassed what the Samsung and Google devices were doing, it caught many people’s attention. Agawi is making their findings available on its website.

According to MobilityTechzone’s Tracey E. Schelmetic, the Kindle Fire HDX’s “Mayday Button” is another feature that sets it apart from competitors. Mini Swamy, also of MobilityTechzone, adds that the Kindle Fire HDX is now enterprise-ready.

Edited by Alisen Downey

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