From a short blog post titled Akka in your pocket:
My Nexus 4 phone has four cores. If I have some CPU-intensive processing in an Android app, I observe that I can speed it up nearly 300% by spreading load across four actors. This can mean the difference between one second response time and quarter-second response time, quite noticeable to the user. Therefore, along with regular Scala futures, Akka is a useful tool that Scala provides to Android developers to make the most of their users' computing resources.