Benchmark allows Android performance to be evaluated

The Embedded Microprocessor Benchmark Consortium (EEMBC) has launched an industry approved method of evaluating Android enabled devices. The benchmark, called AndEBench, also allows end users to validate and compare operations on their phones or tablets. While AndEBench will eventually offer a range of performance tests for mobile devices, its initial focus is on cpu and Dalvik interpreter performance. The initial version of the benchmark – AndEBench 1.0 –compares the Android platform's native and Java performance. It also tests a device's multicore and/or multithreading capabilities.

The working group that produced the AndEBench benchmark was coordinated by Shay Gal-On, EEMBC's director of technology. "Although AndEBench is not a fancy benchmark, it analyzes the processor's capability as well as that of the Dalvik interpreter's efficiency," he said. As an example, AndEBench has measured the Kindle Fire's native performance as 1370 and 2720 iterations per second, respectively, for single and dual core operation; the Java performance is 94 and 146 iterations per second, respectively, for single and dual core operation.