December 21st 2012 01:40 pm
By now, I guess most Samsung Galaxy S3 users have updated their phone firmware/OS from Android 4.0 ICS to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Android Jelly Bean offers some enhancements over Ice Cream Sandwich. Some of the most notable enhancements include Project Butter which gives buttery smooth UI, Google Now the personal assistant search and the improved notification system. Details of these improvements will be discussed in another topic. Anyway, I’ve came across some users complaining the lag and sluggishness on the newly updated Jelly-Beaned Galaxy S3. This give me some headaches too as I myself did experienced this sluggishness on my newly updated Galaxy S3. I’ve did some research, some trial and error approach of uninstalling certain apps, and voila. I’ve got the solution for this problem.
I’ve found out few ways to solve this sluggishness on the S3. Each solutions has its pros and cons, just read on to find which suits you more.
i) Reset Your Phone
This is the most straight forward solution and it works! I don’t know what crap did Samsung put on its on software update, but resetting the phone deletes this crap out and it solved this problem right away. And of course, your apps will need to be downloaded again. Fret not, while doing this factory reset, your data (pictures, documents, downloaded zip files…etc) will remain intact.
How to do it? From your home screen > press menu > Settings > Back up and reset > Factory data reset > Press Reset Device.
I’d recommend this for all layman users.
ii) Use alternative launcher and/or disable Samsung’s own TouchWiz launcher. (Disabling TouchWiz requires ROOT)
Pretty straight forward too, just go to Play store and download Nova Launcher, Apex Launcher or simply any other better launcher out there. While personally I’d would suggest Nova Launcher instead. You may ask, what the heck is a launcher? Launcher is the User Interface in Android that allows you to interact with the system. Simple enough?
To sweeten this process, uninstall/disable the TouchWiz launcher, do note that you need to root your phone to do this. Since the Jelly Bean update, TouchWiz is such a memory/cpu hogger. It’s a better launcher back during the ICS version. Simply download Titanium Backup or any other similiar which lets you disable/uninstall system app.
iii) Make a swap partition (Advanced user only) *still experimental
Why a swap partition? But the most important question; what is a swap partition?
“Swap is, in short, virtual RAM. With swap, a small portion of the SD-CARD is set aside and used like RAM. The computer will attempt to keep as much information as possible in RAM until the RAM is full.”
The Galaxy S3 having only 1GB of RAM is definitely insufficient for power users who does multitask a lot. Swap partition is the way to solve this issue, but I still doubt the real world benefit for mobile devices. But since the new TouchWiz in Sammy’s Galaxy S3 Jelly Bean is such a memory hogger, this might prove useful in solving the sluggishness.
Anyway, I wouldn’t elaborate more on this as it was still experimental. If you like to try out, please go to this link for further instruction http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1888081
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