For those of you who are using a smartphone powered by Google’s Android version known as Gingerbread, you are most likely aware of some of the issues that may plague this older operating system. Gingerbread was first introduced several years ago by Google and is still being used on some of the low end models that are still being sold today. if you currently own a smartphone that is still using Gingerbread, this article is directed toward you.
I currently am using a Samsung T679 Galaxy Exhibit 4G smartphone that comes with a 1 GHz processor with 512 MB of RAM and 4 GB ROM. I bought this from Walmart in January of 2012 as a prepaid phone that works with the T-Mobile phone service. T-Mobile, in conjunction with Walmart, offers a $30 a month plan that includes 100 minutes of talk time, unlimited text, and 4G service for the first 5 GB of data, after which the system reverts over to Edge services.
Compared with the newest smartphones that now come with dual core or quad core processors, plus 2 GB of RAM, these inexpensive Android phones powered by Gingerbread can be down-right pokey. Performance at times can be sluggish and would drive me nuts. This became even more apparent when I started to use the new Nexus 7 tablet with Jelly Bean, which is smooth in function and quick to respond to all applications I have installed.
About four months ago, I began experimenting with different applications with one goal in mind. I wanted to get my low-powered smartphone powered by Gingerbread to perform better by tweaking applications I had installed on the system. The unfortunate reality of buying a phone from a particular carrier is that the carriers load the system with applications that most users do not need, want, nor use.
I installed a 16 GB SD card onto the system for storage. I also wanted to use this extra storage to load as many programs as possible and keep the main storage area on the phone as empty as possible. I installed a program called App2SD, which did exactly this and moved 11 applications over to the SD card.
My next goal was to free up as much memory as possible by using only the applications that I felt used the least amount of memory. This turned out to be a matter of trial and error until I found the programs that worked best for me and my system.
I first started with my browser. The default browser that comes with Android 2.xx is not very good, in my opinion. My browser of choice on my Windows boxes and other Android devices is Google’s Chrome. but unfortunately, Gingerbread is not supported. I eventually settled on Maxthon as my browser of choice. Maxthon was the only browser that did not affect my system when I surfed heavily or closed the browser.
Next I took a look at task-killing applications. In my personal opinion, these applications are a waste of time and if you are using Gingerbread, have little or no value to your overall experience. With this being said, I have found one application called Fast Reboot that you may wish to try. Whenever my phone seems to start to slow down or become sluggish, I just hit the Fast Reboot icon and all is well. It works for me and I hope it works for you as well.
I also wanted to employ some type of security on my system and eventually settled on Lookout as my prime protection. I chose Lookout because it seems to work well and requires the least about of resources compared to other applications I tried.
The best suggestion I can make is just plain common sense. Uninstall what you don’t use. I had four pages of applications, plus the garbage that T-Mobile put on my phone, that were dragging the performance down. I spent about an hour cleaning up stuff, just toys, that I never used. Once I cleaned up the system, my phone sprang to life. It is just that easy to do.
I hope this helps. Gingerbread is a fine operating system, for the most part, and is still being employed today by some carriers. By using some common sense tips, you can get your older Android system running well and get the best possible performance.
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