Note 4 users rejoice. Lollipop is here and it is epic! This update has not only sped up the phone quite a bit, it's added a few new features.
I noticed that Antutu Video Tester is now showing that HVEC (AKA H.265) is now fully hardware accelerated! This is pretty big deal if you want to take advantage of the phone's amazing resolution. With the move to higher resolution screens, the new HVEC format was created to both improve video quality but also, and more importnantly, reduce video file size. We're talking 50% less storage used for higher quality video. That's a HUGE difference when you're talking about 2K and 4K resolution videos.
Of course, because of the high compression, there is also a huge draw back: processing time. The much higher resolution and compression require a LOT more CPU to process the video. So much more than even many desktop computers cannot process the format. However, many newer mobile chipsets are coming out with hardware acceleration built in. This means you can view the video with the CPU sitting at a comfortable low usage. This also translates into lower battery usage when watching HVEC videos. Either way you look at it, this is awesome news.
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