Google Play Phone Benchmarks - New Year, New Speed

I have had an on-and-off again relationship with Android. Over the past few years I have owned a number of Android devices; I have always run Quadrant Standard on them when I unbox them. Android has been getting better; what really amazes me is how the performance of mobile phones is rapidly increasing. I decided to compare my new Samsung S4 (Google Edition) to my older phones. I am simply shocked with the results with how Google Play phone benchmarks have changed over time.

The phones

Over the past few years I have run through a few different Android phones. This list includes my current phone, at the bottom.

I have kept benchmarks for all phones so I can see how the hardware and software may be faster (very roughly) between the generations. I have run a simple test on all of these phones – run Quadrant Standard with nothing else open after a fresh boot with a clean (factory reset) device.

The results

Here is a summary table of the results. The Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 4 links direct to the previous posts with more information.

Here are more specific results for three of the devices (I apologize, I lost the screenshot for the Nexus S.)

Galaxy Nexus


Nexus 4

  • CPU – 10597
  • Mem – 6635
  • I/O – 4407
  • 2D – 327
  • 3D – 2149
  • Total – 4823

Galaxy S4



I re-ran the Galaxy S4 test several times because I am shocked with the result. Even if it’s 50% lower, I am impressed with the speed improvements in mobile devices over time. No doubt, this is likely due to improvements in hardware and software (Android.) While the source of the speed difference is open for debate, the fact that the devices are getting much faster over time seems pretty clear. That means I am lucky enough to have a better computer in my pocket each year. Simply, amazing.

A few notes

I realize that Quadrant isn’t the best measurement. Heck, it’s likely not even a half-good measurement; however, it’s what I used originally so I have kept with it to keep things consistent over time. I am also now keeping other performance figures for my phones so, hopefully, I can have more meaningful conclusions in the future.

Android versions also likely play a major difference in the speed differences and all of these phones are running different versions. In a way, that is bad. It also means the “stock” version of Android with the phone when it shipped is represented in the benchmark.