Imagine An Android Device That Could Boot in One Second


OK you can stop imagining now, because it seems that it’s already a reality. A company called Ubiquitous has come up with a unique boot solution – being called QuickBoot – that allows a device to boot up before you’re even given a chance to put it down.

The technology they used isn’t really speeding up the actual boot process that Android has to go through, but rather restoring a running image of Android by intelligently restoring parts of the device’s memory in sequential order. Think “standby” mode on your desktop or laptop PC, or – even more appropriately (in terms of how it works) – hibernate mode.


Chris Pirillo offers a bit more insight on the specifics here. Ubiquitous is providing the SDK for QuickBoot to OEMs who might be interested in using this technology for their devices (tablets and MIDs come to mind, here). What would your life be like with an Android that boots in one second?

[via ARMDevices.net]

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. Considering I never turn my phone off unless it’s having issues that require a reboot (at which point, I need it to fully reboot), this has no effect on me at all. Anyone have any real use for this?

  2. @JaylanPHNX “(tablets and MIDs come to mind, here)” $10 says you don’t use your Tablet or MID all the time like your phone and want to save battery (Think showering, romantic night out with the girl, sleeping, going through security at the airport, etc)

  3. the only people i see this even having a remote effect on are hackers since they’re constantly wiping and rebooting their phones

  4. I guess if I was going to a meeting, or a movie and wanted to save a little bit of battery power then this would be useful. Otherwise, maybe this will be useful for other devices, like a TV, or a laptop/netbook…

  5. For airline personnel this would be a great way to save time and battery life between stops.

  6. this is awsome to me for two reasons. 1) My TP2 takes about 90 seconds to reboot and become operational. 2) whenever I get my first tablet, (which WILL be an Android) I will want to just pick it up and start using it immediately. The exact OPPOSITE of how you begin using a PC from off

  7. @PeDe7 – except if you’re wiping and flashing new roms to your phone, you wouldn’t want to boot from a saved image, which is what this program seems to do.

  8. Just so we’re all clear, like Steve said.

  9. @Zer0-9 I don’t think it would save battery life between stops; it would still need power to maintain the saved state – I guess. Could be wrong though.

  10. Or like me when you have a spare battery on the charge and just swap them when the one you’re using gets low.

    If I had a nickel for every time I have said “If the call cuts out, my battery died and I will call you back in fifteen mins when it finishes booting!”, I’d have about 0 nickels.

  11. is this the same as sleep mode on windows?

  12. They need to make one of those for sorry-ass slow booting BlackBerries…

  13. Saved state sounds interesting, I wonder what happens if power is interrupted, such as a battery change mentioned above?
    My BB’s boot in 2-3 minutes on the latest 5.0 leaks after a lot of massaging to the OS (removing lots of things prior to loading). Still BB does boot and operate slow. Except for work supplied BB it’s all Android from here on out for me :)

  14. @jaylan

    this is probably less for phones and more for netbooks or tablet devices.

  15. @Steve etc, You’re right. I didn’t even think of tablets and the like. My mind goes immediately to phones, but so many new devices are using Android as an OS that this does indeed make sense. Carry on.

  16. hp labs showed off their memristor a while back…once consumer electronics have this new component as standard we will see next to instant boot times on everything

  17. This is cool. Granted it might not be used very often but I’m all for cutting boot time to almost no time. However, I think Steve needs to get a life if he’s using his phone while “showering, romantic night out with the girl, sleeping, going through security at the airport, etc”. ;-)

  18. The concept here is that you are still using some power although much less when saving the “system state” like in PC hibernation. The best way to get an app like this to work would be to have rom you could burn in on the main board with a functional “system state.” That way if you have a functional operating system image on the rom when you turn it on it moves your “system state” to life after a short post similar to ram drive booting or skip the post but then if you are having hardware issue you will just have no phone. One day someone on a phone or tablet will do it right and like Brian said then it will spread to everything including computers. Right now accessing hard drives or non-main board memory for the boot process is to slow and antiquated for the instant gratification world we live in.

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