Dolphin HD ranks as one of the classiest Android browsers on the market. Clearly inspired by Firefox it offers neat extras like gesture controls and add-ons like ad blocking to elevate it above it rivals – just check out Life of Android’s high-scoring review for confirmation. But while it’s as slick as a Teddy Boy’s pomaded quiff on smartphones, reports from those fortunate Android 3.0 Honeycomb-powered tablets users tells a different story – it’s proved laggy and very buggy. Luckily, Dolphin HD developer’s have been quick to nip this niggle in the bud by rolling out a v4.5 update.
Apparently the glitchy performance was down to the Central Processing Unit (CPU) not being able to handle the UI transition from small screen to a larger tablet footprint; this was solved by shifting the burden onto the Graphic Processing Unit (GPU). It’s known in tech speak as ‘hardware acceleration’, a phrase that’s been bandied about by Google quite a lot since the Android 3.0 Honeycomb was launched but appears quite easy to implement. read more