Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 7th Nov 2013 10:11 UTC, submitted by nej_simon

It's fair to say that Android went through some chaotic years in the beginning. The pace of development was frantic as the operating system grew at an unprecedented rate. An as-yet undetermined future led to decisions that were made to conform to existing hardware and architectures, the available development tools, and the basic need to ship working code on tight deadlines. Now that the OS has matured, the Android team has been giving more attention to some of the components that haven't aged quite as well. One of the oldest pieces of the Android puzzle is the Dalvik runtime, the software responsible for making most of your apps run. That's why Google's developers have been working for over 2 years on ART, a replacement for Dalvik that promises faster and more efficient execution, better battery life, and a more fluid experience.

This will be one of the defining changes in Android over the coming years. Android 5.0, perhaps?

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RE[2]: Dalvik, ART, ...
by adkilla on Thu 7th Nov 2013 10:46 UTC in reply to "RE: Dalvik, ART, ..."
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AOT has been available for Java too. Check out the J9 and Jet JVMs.

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by Fergy on Thu 7th Nov 2013 10:52 in reply to "RE[2]: Dalvik, ART, ..."
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AOT has been available for Java too. Check out the J9 and Jet JVMs.

I guess it is because Oracle started to sue Google. Java and Flash have become toxic and nobody wants to touch it.

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by shotsman on Thu 7th Nov 2013 14:02 in reply to "RE[3]: Dalvik, ART, ..."
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I'd agree with about about Flash but Java is very, very popular.

Personally, I wish Java with all its 'ClassNotFound' crapware would die a particularly nasty death.

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by moondevil on Thu 7th Nov 2013 17:10 in reply to "RE[2]: Dalvik, ART, ..."
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Many developers seem to keep on mixing languages with implementations, hence unaware of the variety of Java VMs and AOT compilers available on the market.

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by ddc_ on Fri 8th Nov 2013 10:37 in reply to "RE[3]: Dalvik, ART, ..."
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I was speaking of a huge step for Android. Otherwise I don't care Java with all its VMs and its market.

Edited 2013-11-08 10:38 UTC

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