News started to trickle out this week about a new Android build called Linaro. Basically, it takes stock Android 4.0.4 and makes it super-fast, and super-awesome(er). In fact, it can boost performance by up to 100 percent over stock. Considering how fast and fluid stock Android 4.0.x already is (especially compared to older versions of the OS), that's quite impressive. Don't take my word for it, though, here's one of the main Linaro guys, Bernhard Rosenkranzer, showing it off on a TI Pandaboard. The Pandaboard features the OMAP 4430 processor (the same one that's in the Droid RAZR), so this is definitely a real-world example of what Linaro is capable of:

As you can see, the Linaro build finishes long before the stock Android build. That's not the best part though: the parts of Linaro that make is so efficient and fast are coming soon to Cyanogenmod 9.

Basically, parts of the Linaro code have been submitted to the CM9 gerrit and are currently awaiting approval. Once commited, these tweaks will be added to the main CM9 code, giving all supported devices a drastic increase in performance.

The good news doesn't end there, though: Galaxy Nexus owners can already take an unofficial CM9 build with the Linaro bits for a whirl. From what we've read, this build is noticeably faster and more fluid right out of the gate. Awesome.

Since the first rule of CM is don't ask for ETAs, we have no idea when we could start seeing builds show up with Linaro code, so for now, we'll all just have to take comfort in knowing that things in the CM9 world are getting ready to get a lot faster.


Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • http://www.anivision.org/ Christopher Bailey (Xcom923)

    This is kick Ass!! I love to see stuff like that and I hope that CM makes a build for the GS3 ASAP I'd love to run this on my phone which would already be super fast (Is it to early to call the GS3 "My Phone"??)

    • chris125

      Agree I would love to stick this on my sgs3 when it arrives and then it will really fly

  • http://www.anivision.org/ Christopher Bailey (Xcom923)

    This is kick Ass!! I love to see stuff like that and I hope that CM makes a build for the GS3 ASAP I'd love to run this on my phone which would already be super fast (Is it to early to call the GS3 "My Phone"??)

  • http://cassidyjames.com Cassidy James

    Google, merge this code and push out 4.05, please. :D

    • chris125

      Seriously. Google should get some of these developers on their staff and then android would be even better than what it already is with ICS for future OS versions.

  • tylerwatt12

    Once the authorized person accepts the change we'll see it in the nightlies. 

  • http://twitter.com/DipdCrown Shawn Williams

    Can we get some Gingerbread love from Linaro? My OG Droid is starving!

    • Julio M

      We need to move with the flow and get ICS. Otherwise, Gingerbread will stay around like Windows XP has done.

      • Mathieu

        Having an operating system running for that long was not necessarily a bad thing... At least for IT management.

        • Julio M

          Windows XP was/is a solid OS compared to the ones prior it and and even its predecessor, the difference here is that ICS is far better than Gingerbread.

          Otherwise, this trend slows down innovation, giving argument to fragmentation and more hardships to developers. But maybe Android OS releases are coming out too often, or manufacturers and carriers have a messed up schedule.

    • Thracks

      I wrote this for people in your position: 

      You'll shit yourself with how fast the Droid can be.

      • Marc Ceballos

         you got anything for Droid X... or any good source... i know cm9 wont run on it...

    • Abhisshek Das

      NO  , Change or Get Lost in the History 

  • TheFirstUniverseKing

    Very very impressive work and I can't wait to try it out on my phone, but was anyone else a bit surprised by his voice? :P

    • Iucidium

      like a gay robot

    • Bloody Tampon

       It's not the voice, it's the code. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1010610881 Nikolay Abromov

    it's really amazing how much work these guys did

  • dezz

    Just wish AOKP guys weren't so concentrated on such useful features like snoozing notification in gtalk :(

    • Moody

       No need to worry...AOKP will kang this from CM too.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        Isn't AOKP based on CM anyway?

        • sonicxml

          No, its based off source. However, AOKP and CM do share code (you can see code from both teams in both ROMs)

          • http://twitter.com/rohanXm Rohan Mathur

             I'm pretty sure initially at least AOKP was forked from CM though

          • sonicxml

            Nope. They started with pure source. CM9 hadn't even released when they had

        • trongable

          Nah, AOKP was one of the first ICS ROMs and was way ahead of CM9 for a while. They still are pretty far ahead in terms of features so far.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bertman5050 Robert Lamb

    I just flashed this and gave it a run around. The frame rate is quicker, but all three benchmarks (quadrant, linpack, antutu) had no change whatsoever from my experience with AOKP. In actuality, it was worse. 2800 with AOKP & Lean Kernel, around 2400 with this and stock kernal, 2500 with Lean. Not sure this is as spectacular as they're making it, I wasn't impressed.

    • pHyR3

      benchmarks are nothing, look at the galaxy nexus atrocious benchmarks but absolutely amazing performance

    • http://twitter.com/LBJAY02 LBJAY02

      AOKP has been using Linaro code for a long time. Which would explain why you didn't see any improvement.

  • Simon Belmont

    It would be kind of neat if Google merged this into official ICS! No one can argue that speed improvements aren't positive.

    The developers of Linaro deserve a good round of applause on this. Thanks!

  • http://www.deadlywind.com/ Paintball Barrel

    that accent is... AMAZING

  • mysky911

    can't imagine my ICS S2 i9100 with already very fast performance, and now boast to X2 performance......    google faster put into 4.0.5 and Samsung push 4.0.5 to official update!!!

  • Gregori Dwdk

    Amazing! Though It's already fast, cant wait for even more imprrovement :)

  • Sorensiim

    Lol, home button isn't working on the Gnexus rom...

  • Lonemccord

    Amazingly fast. I think i'll stick with this Rom until it's adopted by someone. Game changing fast. Dream update fast. Crazy fast. Maps is almost instant on. All iOS-interface envy is gone - Verizon galaxy nexus

  • chris125

    These developers do an amazing job. One of the great things about android and the awesome work the devs put in to make it even better.

  • Tyler Chappell

    It would be amazing if Google hired these people. Google can make the builds, and this could be their optimization team, if they're basically working side-by-side, the performance enhancements would be endless and put every other OS to shame even more than it already does.

  • Iawillia

    I hope that AOKP uses some linaro as well!

    • John

      Yep. I'm sure if they find it useful, they'll integrate it no doubt.

  • http://twitter.com/Dave_BG Dave Bg

    I cant wait! Which nightly of CM9 will have it first?

  • Ass

    Can't wait till aokp kangs this too. I love kang roms.

  • Niwasiuk

    This is for 4.0.4 or 4.0.X?? Thanks! Amazing mod!

  • http://www.facebook.com/ales.setinc Aleš Šetinc

    I really hope Google hires you all, so we can get improvements with main releases in the future and not just as teasers. Congrats guys. Amazing work.

  • ss

    It maybe only for Android build or it apply for kernel?
    if i use newest linaro gcc4.7.2 toolchain for omap device(ics) kernel, it helpful for kernel performance?