Comparison with Square's Otto
Otto is another event bus library for Android; actually it's a fork of Guava's EventBus. greenrobot's EventBus and Otto share some basic semantics (register, post, unregister, ...), but there are differences which the following table summarizes:
|Declare event handling methods||Annotations (since 3.0, can be precompiled for best performance)||Annotations|
|Cache most recent events||Yes, sticky events||No|
|Event producers (e.g. for coding cached events)||No||Yes|
|Event delivery in posting thread||Yes (Default)||Yes|
|Event delivery in main thread||Yes||No|
|Event delivery in background thread||Yes||No|
|Asynchronous event delivery||Yes||No|
Note: the following information is outdated, preprocessed annotations are much faster than EventBus 2.x, on which the following table is based.
Besides features, performance is another differentiator. To compare performance, we created an Android application, which is also part of this repository (EventBusPerformance). You can also run the app on your phone to benchmark different scenarios.
TODO: Update for EventBus 3 with and without index.
Benchmark results indicate that EventBus is significantly faster in almost every scenario:
|Posting 1000 events, Android 2.3 emulator||~70% faster|
|Posting 1000 events, S3 Android 4.0||~110% faster|
|Register 1000 subscribers, Android 2.3 emulator||~10% faster|
|Register 1000 subscribers, S3 Android 4.0||~70% faster|
|Register subscribers cold start, Android 2.3 emulator||~350% faster|
|Register subscribers cold start, S3 Android 4.0||About the same|