Google is a bit consumed with trying to ensure that the experience of using its Android and Chrome OS devices is as enjoyable as possible. To that end, the company has actually been performing tests that it hopes will certainly show the latency sustained when a user touches a screen, with the time taken in between press and something being made use of screen being measured. Google might not have actually been making too much sound about this screening process and you can be assured that other companies are doing the same thing with their platforms, however Google is the first to offer us a look behind the drape.

Publishing on Google+, Google’s François Beaufort, a ‘‘ joy evangelist’ has raised the lid on some of the screening work that Google has been bring out. The whole thing involves a rather scary looking tool that it calls Touchbot. The Touchbot is in fact constructed by the Finnish business OptoFidelity and it “procedures end-to-end latency of Android and Chrome OS devices.” The Touchbot’s job is to point and prod at the screen it is being informed to test, with an electronic camera then measuring how swiftly or how slowly the resulting image is drawn on-screen.

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Lag can be the biggest factor that a device, be it smartphone, tablet or laptop feels sluggish. Users anticipate to get immediate feedback when connecting with a device, and if on-screen actions happen too long after a touch or press, the resulting lag can be just enough to mess up the experience. Simply compare a low-end Android phone with a high-end one and you will see exactly what we imply.

Android has historically experienced lag when compared to Windows Phone and iOS, possibly due to the proliferation of low-end hardware in the market. Google is clearly working to enhance responsiveness and lag throughout its platforms, and it’s making use of a very impressive little bit of kit to do it.

Long might it continue till lag is turned into a bad and remote memory.

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