Developers Beware: Guidelines for NEAR Project Butter Implementation for all ICS ROMS Available
Google has really struck gold with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Through some carefully designed algorithms they managed to succeed in getting the OS to the level of smoothness it deserved. They also sped up things by allot and managed to give it the consistency it needed.
With Android 4.1 Google decided to put an accent on speed and reliability rather then features. Though ICS really changed the way we see the OS, Jelly Bean brought it just what it needed – smoothness and consistency. The later versions, namely 4.1.2 and 4.2 meant the implementation of some new features and only with the latest can we say Jelly Bean is complete and Google can pass on to releasing the next iteration of the OS, supposedly called Key Lime Pie. About Project Butter…
One developer has been struggling to bring the speed and accuracy of Project Butter to devices stuck on ICS or waiting for an update. His work is designed for developers to implement in their custom ROMs. Through a careful selection of mods and a lot of testing the developer has managed to creat what he calls a “NEAR” Project Butter implementation. He then decided to release his work in the form of a first Beta for developers to try and implement. The files are addressed to devices with the Adreno GPU and a separate implementation for the other hardware components (PowerVR, Mali etc. )
The files along with the developer’s guide are to be found in a dedicated post on XDA Developers. In anticipation of some even more creative custom ROMs based on ICS. Above are a bunch of screens from a device (HTC Desire S) running the NEAR Project Butter implementation and its benchmark results. Very impressive.