Pixel 6 and others support Android 12 Performance class, Galaxy S22 no

With the launch of Android 12, Google introduced the new standard called Performance class that “defines a set of device capabilities that go beyond basic Android requirements”And now, while Google Pixel 6, Google Pixel 6 Pro and the latest flagships of the main OEMs already have the relative support, we are forced to give Samsung a hearing: the whole Galaxy S22 series does not have it.

Media Performance class 12: news and benefits

The purpose of the Performance class is to help app developers understand what software functions a certain Android smartphone or tablet can perform. To give an example, the Performance class 12 (reserved for smartphones with the highest level of performance) should offer the “most premium experience“, While class 11 would require you to settle for a”high quality experience“.

Yesterday Google has announced there Jetpack Core Performance library in alpha and with this aim to allow apps to achieve the performance class of the device on those with Android 11 (API level 30) and above.

At the center of the attention of the Mountain View team are the usage scenarios with multimedia services and minimum requirements provided by the Android 12 Compatibility Definition Document (CDD) for the Performance class 12 include: a 12MP rear camera with support for 4K video recording at 30fps; a front camera of 5 MP or greater with support for 1080p video recording at 30fps; a minimum display resolution of 1080p with 400DPI and a minimum RAM memory allocation of 6GB. Among the more particular technical requirements, the ability to “initialize a video codec in <50ms even when under load“.

The listed requirements show that all devices capable of meeting Media Performance Class 12 can optimally handle the most common usage scenarios with multimedia services, such as social media apps and capture, encode and share functions. To give an example, the Snapchat app has already been optimized, therefore it is already able to take advantage of the Performance class standard to identify the capabilities of a device in a scalable way to adapt performance to available resources. While previously it had to rely on factors like RAM, release year and A / B testing, now, on devices that meet Media Performance Class 12 “The viewing quality of shared videos is improved through the use of higher resolution and bitrates“.

Supported devices: Samsung, what are you up to?

In the same post shared on the official blog, addressing the fundamental issue of supported devices, the Google team did not fail to underline how the collaboration with the various manufacturers has played an essential role: “the performance class requirements“- says Google -“have been developed in collaboration with leading device developers and manufacturers, who have recognized the need for a simple, reliable and class-based system to enable large-scale app optimizations“.

Below is a list of manufacturers who have been at the forefront of optimizing their devices and ensuring full support of the requirements of the Media Performance Class 12, which includes: OPPO, OnePlus, realme – we talked about it in a dedicated article -, Vivo and Xiaomi. Have you noticed the great absentee? Exactly, Samsung. The list reported by Google of the first smartphones with support for the new standard consists of:

Although this is only a first list, Google has posted it directly and the absence of newly launched premium models such as Samsung Galaxy S22, Samsung Galaxy S22 + (here’s our review) and Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra (here’s our review) is heavy. And this is not an oversight: the team of 9to5Google ran tests on Samsung Galaxy S22 + and Samsung Galaxy Tab S8, confirming the lack of support. The screenshots below are from Galaxy S22 +, Google Pixel 6, and Google Pixel 5.

The disappointment is undeniable, but we can’t even talk about surprises, since the Galaxy S22 series does not even support Android Seamless updates.

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