Fix Lag in Apps on the Galaxy Nexus with Ice Cream Sandwich [How To]

January 7, 2012
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The Galaxy Nexus paired with Ice Cream Sandwich? Sounds like a match made in heaven. On their own, these two treats boast a variety of things. The Galaxy Nexus is the most recent Android power phone. Often called the phone of the year, the Galaxy Nexus boasts an amazing 4.65-inch HD Super AMOLED display and a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor with 1 GB RAM. Ice Cream Sandwich is the latest and the greatest version of the Android platform for phones, tablets, and more. With an intuitive user interface, you can navigate easily and can organize your daily activities using its many apps.

For those of you who communicate frequently using your devices, Ice Cream Sandwich also boasts a satisfyingly accurate keyboard and word predictions. It is designed to work without physical buttons, which only seems fitting that Ice Cream Sandwich has found its way into the Galaxy Nexus. But, not all beautiful things are perfect.

The Galaxy Nexus is the first phone on the market equipped with Ice Cream Sandwich right from the start. It is certainly something extremely exciting to veteran Android users who have had to wait patiently for every new update. Once you start playing around with it, however, you’ll notice something very wrong. Once of the biggest catches to the Galaxy Nexus and Ice Cream Sandwich marriage is the poor performance of apps. There is a lag so noticeable that scrolling is a nightmare.

Currently, there is no perfect cure for this problem, but there is a way to slightly improve it. The beauty of this is that you will not need cables, software, or any flashing to deal with it. The solution is right within your device.

Here’s the quick trick to making your apps run and perform faster on the Galaxy Nexus:

  1. Slide down the Notifications bar.
  2. Tap “Settings”.
  3. In the Settings menu, tap “Developer Options”.
  4. Scroll down the list of options and tap on “Force GPU rendering”.
  5. Afterwards, kill all of your apps in the multitasking tray by flicking them off the screen or by restarting your device

Once you’re done, you’ll notice that the Galaxy Nexus will perform a little better, with a slight minimization in its lag. One possible cause of the lag is that some apps are not yet ready to run on Ice Cream Sandwich. If you run an app that fully supports Ice Cream Sandwich, however, you may not notice any performance problems.

Hopefully, future updates for Ice Cream Sandwich will bear good news for this little Galaxy Nexus disappointment, but until then, we hope that this quick fix works for you.

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