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Android 2.0.1 vs 2.1: Image Quality Downgraded – Confirmed

When the Android 2.1 update was launched for some handsets we heard some users complaining that the image quality wasn’t quite as good as before, Google have now confirmed that this is the case, however it is not all bad news.

Google recently stated that the change is due to a different gallery app in Android 2.1, apparently “Google developed Gallery in Android 2.0.1, which uses 24-bit color rendered using 2D technology. On the other hand, Cooliris created Gallery in Android 2.1, which uses 16-bit textures rendered using 3D technology. We don’t have anything specific to share at this time regarding the Gallery app in future versions.”

Many believe that the 2D image quality will be restored when Google release Android 2.2, however it may be the case that your Android 2.1 complaint smartphone will not accept the Android 2.2 update, if this is the case it could leave you with your blurrier images (you can see the difference here).

Have you been frustrated with the Android 2.1 image quality?


The Gallery app in Android 2.0.1 is different from the Gallery app in Android 2.1. Google developed Gallery in Android 2.0.1, and it uses 24-bit color rendered using 2D technology. Cooliris created Gallery in Android 2.1, which was originally designed for Nexus One. This version displays images using 3D technology but in 16-bit color format, due to memory constraints using OpenGL textures. Cooliris will be working on a version that supports 24-bit color and scaling for a future version of Android.

Source: IntoMobile

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Written by Jamie Pert

Jamie has a background in computer repairs and maintenance along with network administration, he now enjoys utilizing the benefits of new technologies and enjoys writing about anything that brings new technology to the world.

He began writing for Product Reviews in mid 2009 and has since expanded his knowledge across a wide-base of devices, he is looking to get more hands-on experience with new devices to gain a better understanding of the latest and greatest technologies.

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