Spend a little time comparing Androids head-to-head, and you’ll quickly cross paths with Quadrant from Aurora Softworks. The app has risen to become a benchmark standard, giving users a quick-and-dirty tool to compare the hardware of one phone against another. As time has passed, though, Quadrant started to get a little bit on in the years. To help keep things fresh, version 2.0 has just arrived, bringing with it some important new hardware and software support.
Perhaps the biggest change for Quadrant is the added support for multi-core processors. We really saw dual-core chips take off last year, and they’ve rapidly replaced single-core solutions as the standard for a new handset. With quad-core phones about to arrive, those of us who are tasked with evaluating the coming hardware can now look to Quadrant providing scores that more accurately reflect modern device performance.
Besides the multi-core support, Quadrant 2.0 finally gets itself some Ice Cream Sandwich compatibility, and picks up some tweaks to the app’s user interface. One important thing to keep in mind with Quadrant 2.0 is that its results aren’t directly comparable against those produced by earlier versions. A further update to the app, properly scaling older results to the new system, should be available in the near future.