December 19, 2014

One Click Lag Fix for Galaxy S Phones

The power of the Android community continues to amaze me, as there is now a one-click fix for the lag issues we have been hearing about with the Galaxy S phones out there.  Developed and released by a private individual, it is awesome that we have a platform where the crowd can work on problems together to get them fixed.

In a post on the XDA Forums, Android dev Ryanza announced his fix utility, as well as giving a description of what the fix does to your handset.  The quote from the post:

Details about what this fix does:

Creates a VIRTUAL EXT2 filesystem inside the stock RFS filesystem on the internal SD card, with a 4KB block size. This means that this lag fix creates a buffer between the real filesystem and the android system. This buffer should reduce the amount of disk I/O required for all operations by utilizing EXT2 buffering, as well as not writing file access times to disk, etc. It allows only 1GB for application data at this stage, down from the 2GB of application data when running stock.

Fair warning, while this is fairly simple, it does take some knowledge of the root of your device, and the ability to flash back to some prototype ROMS in case something goes wrong. If you have not noticed anything going wrong with your handset, leave well enough alone. If you are a power user, let us know how this works for you!