Frequently not having any data connection in even the wealthiest and most developed cities of the world has led us to conclude that no, the mobile connectivity/bandwidth issue isn’t just going to solve itself on a global level anywhere in the near future.
Design is the beauty of turning constraints into advantages. I love mobile design because it’s full of constraints. Those constraints force us to think carefully about how and when we present information to the user, and what questions we ask, leading the user to hopefully make the selection we want.
Infinite List, Windowed List, and RecyclerView are not new. In fact, their ideas are rather simple: render only what’s visible from the user’s viewport, recycle all item view instances with a smart backing data store, and progressively re-render dirtied items based on the scroll position delta. But details matter, and it’s not often done efficiently, regardless of platforms.