The tests are based on TouchMarks, a benchmarking hardware and software suite designed by Agawi to measure touch response times. During a TouchMarks test, each device is placed in airplane mode, all background apps are closed, and the device screens are put at full brightness, as the test relies on a light sensor to help gauge responsiveness. Each device then gets tested a minimum of 50 times to calculate an average response time.
Agawi has already laid out some future plans for its TouchMarks suite to dig deeper into the world of touch, including a retrospective look at response times from the iPhone 3GS to the iPhone 5s. That will be followed by a look at responsiveness in games and game engines, and finally a study of response times for streaming apps and games.
If you want to measure touch responsiveness in the comfort of your own home, Agawi has open-sourced the TouchMarks app code, and plans to release full hardware details at some point in the future.
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