Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 10th Jul 2012 17:08 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless I've been flashing CyanogenMod 9 nightlies for months now, and the process to do so has become pretty much muscle memory at this point (if cwm ever changes its menu order I'm screwed). One step of this process has always fascinated me simply because I have no idea what exactly it does and why I have to do it: clearing Dalvik cache.
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by anevilyak on Tue 10th Jul 2012 17:15 UTC
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My understanding of it is that in the process of installing an Android app onto a particular device, various optimizations are made to its Java class files in order to perform more efficiently on the particular hardware contained in that device. These optimized variants are stored in the cache so they don't need to be recomputed each time (along with any JIT optimizations that are made as a result of runtime analysis of the program after you've run it a few times). Since the bytecode format can change between Android versions, that cache would potentially need to be cleared to force all that to be regenerated in the newer format.

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