Zinio for Android just got a huge performance boost if you're using a Tegra 2 powered Honeycomb tablet. The app harnesses the GPU and uses full OpenGL ES acceleration for page turning animations, page panning and zooming, and to deliver high resolution scalable page images instead of downsizing them for your tablet. The video of Zinio in action (see it after the break) shows this in a side by side test of the old versus the new.
This was accomplished partly because the folks at Nvidia were given access to the Zinio source code, where they integrate their own code that takes most of the heavy graphical work off the CPU, and putting it all on the GPU. This is what an open platform is all about -- developers working together to deliver a superior product, with no restrictions on the build environment or code compilers. We've seen it in Tegra optimized games, and it can make a huge difference. Drop these optimizations on an already great cross-platform app that gives access to excellent content (there's tens of thousands of magazines available through Zinio), and syncs across multiple devices and you have the recipe for success. Toss in free single issues of ESPN, Harper’s Bazaar and Popular Science for new Android users and it's something you need to take a look at.
Of course, even without the Nvidia tweaks it's still an excellent app, they just make it that much better. You can find the download link (Android 3.x, free), the full press release, and the aforementioned video after the break.
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