5 Replies to “Time to Boot”

  1. If the phone has a great deal longer uptime than your laptop, I don’t see this in and of itself as a serious problem. It’ll get very interesting in the near future with Haswell spanning both markets, Ubuntu going mobile, Android going desktop, and laptops catching up with the ultra-high screen resolutions pioneered by tablets.

  2. If you would go back in time, you would see that for a long time the boot time of desktop systems increased too (e.g. MS-DOS → MS Windows XP), but in recent times (during the last 10 years?) there hasn’t been a lot of change in what a desktops needs to start up to get to a usable system, and that stability in features has been used to optimize the boot process (remove/delay unimportant stuff), in addition to the increased performance of CPU & storage.

    Similarly, phones in the past (but as recent as the years 2000s) often ran/run just one program, then they had a small number of programs running (e.g. one “active” user process + a couple of necessary background services), and now mobile phones are getting close to or equal desktop systems when it comes to features & complexity in a rapid pace—except your phone has a slower CPU and slower storage.

    So, expect your phone to boot faster again once the feature set of phones stabilizes somewhat, combined with increased performance of the hardware…

  3. Ari: No. That’s why there is no labels on the axes. It is true that my phone used to boot instantaneously and it now takes a long time. My computer boot time has gotten much faster over the last decade.

    Maybe if I had an iPhone I would feel differently.

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