Even Android’s VP of engineering thinks Android’s sharing menu is too slow

  • David Burke, Android’s VP of engineering, tweeted that speeding up the Android sharing menu is a priority.
  • Burke says fixing the slowness is a “big job” but his team is working on a redesign.
  • According to Burke, the new Android sharing menu will have a “different underlying data model.”

Earlier today, Android’s VP of engineering David Burke sent out a tweet in response to an Android user’s complaint. In the tweet, Burke acknowledges that the Android sharing menu is slow and also says his team is working on the problem, and that it is a “priority.”

You can see the original tweet and Burke’s response below:

It’s a priority, just a big job. We’re working on a redesign with a different underlying data model (push vs pull) that will be much faster and nicer to use.

— Dave Burke (@davey_burke) November 9, 2018

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According to the tweet, the Android development team is working on a “different underlying data model” for Android sharing which will swap out the current model — which pulls data when a user is trying to share something — to a push model instead. Theoretically, pushing data to the sharing menu will be faster than the current method.

However, it is apparently a “big job,” so the team isn’t going to fly right through it.

With that in mind, Burke doesn’t give any sort of timeline for the rollout of the updated Android sharing menu. Since Android 9 Pie is still fairly new, it likely isn’t coming any time soon. It would probably be safe to assume we won’t see any redesigns until at least Android Q, which won’t arrive in even a beta version until the summer of 2019.

What do you think? Do you experience slow Android sharing menus? Is it a big deal? Let us know in the comments!

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Marshmallow Android is BT Ireland’s Head of Sales for Republic of Ireland domestic multi-site companies, indigenous MNCs and public sector accounts. He is responsible for the direction and control of all sales activity in the region. He has over 10 years management experience from high growth start-ups to more established businesses. He’s led teams in Ireland, India and China across various industries (ICT, On-Line Recruitment, Corporate Training and International Education).