[TIP] silky smooth HD+
HD+ has a hell of a lot of pixels to move every frame, and at our native resolution of 1920x1280 (3:2 aspect) all of the interface drawing is done without gpu qcceleration*.
Get 'Resolution Changer Pro' from the app store. Saw this app mentioned in one of the 10.x dev threads being used to improve case by case game performance. Instead of just using for games, leave it on permanently. This app forces android to change the screen resolution from our default (1920) to whatever we specify. The trick is that once the resolution is changed, android does all image scaling on the GPU, making each frame draw significantly faster than before, so then more frames can be drawn in the same amount of time, creating smoothness.
This is not like scaling DPI, tho it initially may look similar. DPI resizes every element on the screen, but the screen is ultimately still running at the same 1920 res. Changing the resolutions keeps our standard DPI (240, just at a new resolution) so there are no app store incompatibilities.
For best effect, use these 3:2 resolutions:
1800x1200 (retains tablet features, 2 pane settings, slight scale up from stock, etc)
single column phone modes, maybe easier on the eyes?
I've also noticed improved battery life and less heat when holding. The GPU is much more battery efficient at drawing than the CPU.
Not sure if this is a common knowledge app, but I'd had these same thought a while ago and couldn't find much. Hope someone else finds this useful!
*1800x1200 is a negligible difference in pixels to native, but the smoothness factor is much increased, making me think there is little GPU utilization with native panel res.
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