April 13, 2010 | by Chris Smith
PCMag.com is reporting that Android’s image gallery in the 2.1 OS, you know the one that is so crazy cool, actually has lower image quality than the image gallery in 2.0. The company that PCMag uses to test the color on monitors and such, DisplayMate Technology Coorporation, made mention of it “earlier this week” when they made the comparison of the Nexus One and DROID’s screens.
Dr. Raymond Soneira said that on the Moto DROID running OS 2.0 the color depth is 24-bit while the same DROID running the newest 2.1 OS drops the color depth to 16-bit. Google followed up with this relatively, non-helpful comment:
“The Gallery app in Android 2.0.1 is different from the Gallery app in Android 2.1. Google developed Gallery in Android 2.0.1, which uses 24-bit color rendered using 2D technology. On the other hand, Cooliris created Gallery in Android 2.1, which uses 16-bit textures rendered using 3D technology. We don’t have anything specific to share at this time regarding the Gallery app in future versions.”
I think that it would be nice for Google to explain why they decided to change the color-depth in the OS. If there is not a decent reason then what is the point of actually downgrading a feature in your mobile OS? Also, can the normal Android user really tell the difference? If you wouldn’t have told me that the color depth was lacking, I would not have been the wiser.