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Google ART For Android

Nov 25, 2013 01:20 PM EST

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Google is seeking to replace Dalvik with ART. Dalvik is the current software which allows Android to run. ART will be available now for testing for users that have Android 4.4. Google is looking to accelerate how apps run for mobile devices. Google stated that the ART for Android is still a work in progress. The company believes Dalvik is outdated.

ART is the new runtime environment which Android users can preview on Android 4.4. KitKat does include the test version of ART to accelerate Android apps. ART is geared to support faster apps through offering an instant version called bytecode. ART’s software has installation already integrated so data can run and load at faster times.

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Android Runtime (ART) can support app execution differently than Dalvik. The software relies on a Just-In-Time (JIT) compiler which interprets bytecode for the application code. ART does allow apps to run on different types of hardware and infrastructure by going through Ahead-Of-Time (AOT) process.

A native app can save more costs and become less time consuming for organizations. The ART outlook for Google  is positive. With more apps and tablet adoption it could well become a full standard. There are still regulatory issues and concerns with bigger companies such as Google OS.

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ART is sophisticated enough to support many applications. Converting these apps may be initially challenging through ART and developers using the AOT compiler but the benefits are still there. ART will also result in the increase of battery life. The challenges are expected to be nominal for ART as developers continue to  experiment.

Developers can test ART and provide feedback back to the community. The capabilities from Google’s ART being able to accelerate mobile apps for Android looks promising. Google has been working on ART for more than two years now. The company aims to gain efficiency through ART by offering faster execution for mobile apps.

Android Developers can check out this link by Android Runtime for a full compatibility list.

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