It's official: the next version of Android uses the ART runtime by default
posted by Peter K. / Jun 19, 2014, 4:06 AM
While ART offers slightly better performance and improved battery life, there are still some apps that are still not optimized to run under the new runtime. Those that have not been rewritten to work with ART might not work probably and cause a lot of issues. If you are into experimenting, you can give ART a try at the moment, too. Your device has to be running Android 4.4 KitKat or higher.
source: AOSP (1), (2) via XDA
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My apps open fast enough on my LG g2
posted on Jun 19, 2014, 4:13 AM 1
Should've been a default a long time ago
posted on Jun 19, 2014, 7:31 AM 2
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Ok so what? It's the default from here on out. They have a HUGE library of apps that didn't use ART. Plus Android 4.4 KitKat is still relatively new, so how on Earth should they have had it as a "default" a long time ago? Hmmm...
posted on Jun 19, 2014, 7:48 AM 9
Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011
You're being impossible to please by setting standards for Google that they couldn't possibly reach. Not only that, but even if they traded Dalvik for ART with 4.1, you would've scolded them for releasing an unfinished product. It's just now getting ready for official launch in 2014, you really think they could have put it in Android 2 years ago?
posted on Jun 19, 2014, 11:10 PM 0
Posts: 251; Member since: Mar 07, 2014
Don't forget real keyboards, that swipe and contextually word predict....Still no true in app sharing or way to set certain apps that compete with Apple as default. Maybe iOS9, 10 or 11 will finally get those
posted on Jun 19, 2014, 9:21 AM 2
Posts: 3083; Member since: Feb 06, 2013
When ever I see mxy's comments, its always either 'Apple loving' or 'everything else hating* especially Samsung. I don't bother about his Apple loving posts and have also liked some them but in android article I always find his posts little offensive and trying to show as if apple is superior to everything else even when he doesn't mention apple. Mxy and Apple, both are like a synonym for me.
posted on Jun 19, 2014, 11:29 AM 0
Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011
Same here on my Note 3. Never said to myself "man these apps are slow to open". I'm even back on my stock rom and the only thing I've done was freeze all the Verizon bloatware and install some xposed tweaks such as no YouTube ads and wanam xposed.
posted on Jun 19, 2014, 8:22 AM 0
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My S5 and M8 both support ART, just enable in developer options.
posted on Jun 19, 2014, 4:15 AM 0
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I never really seem to get why people own 2 flagships. Is it for reviews or just pure bragging rights? Or you could have gotten 2 different OSes to be diverse
posted on Jun 19, 2014, 4:23 AM 7
Haven't switched to Art on my Nexus 5 yet, since I'm using Xposed and the developer Rovo will make the change to Art when the final version of Art is implemented.
posted on Jun 19, 2014, 4:33 AM 0
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Xposed is the only reason I've not switched to ART. From what I've read, Xposed will need a complete rewrite, is that not the case?
posted on Jun 19, 2014, 9:35 AM 0
Yes it will need a complete rewrite, since ART works in a completely different way. More information on http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=
posted on Jun 19, 2014, 10:02 AM 0
Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010
Same boat here... Running Xposed on my 7. Loving the power of Xposed so no ART to be found here. Haven't even bothered updating past 4.4.2 yet. Plus, options like the Qualcomm Optimized Dalvik to my knowledge are still yielding better results than ART.
posted on Jun 19, 2014, 11:49 PM 0
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Can't wait to see how much faster it actually is. Couple that with the latest hardware and you won't get people who bash Android or TouchWiz for that sake on how slow it is.
posted on Jun 19, 2014, 4:34 AM 2
The bashing will continue anyway. And I doubt TW won't be able to slow down Art as well. But I am curious how much faster Art really is. Also Art is 64-bit compatible, whereas Dalvik isn't.
posted on Jun 19, 2014, 4:46 AM 3
Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012
My nexus 5 has less than 4gb left in it and most of the memory is taken up by the apps and games and my phone is not even running on art I hope that art in android 5.0 takes up lesser space than it does on 4.4.x
posted on Jun 19, 2014, 5:23 AM 0
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