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    Default Highly recommend enabling ART.

    For those who already upgraded their Nexus 4 to KitKat, ART is a killer feature. As you may already know it is the new runtime that will replace Dalvik. I can notice the interface being much smoother and apps launching slightly faster, it felt like a CPU upgrade. This improvement alone might save me $350 from wanting to upgrade to the Nexus 5.

    This can be enabled in the "Developer options" menu under 'Select runtime'. Two things to note, since its very new some apps won't be compatible. Also you need to run an odexed rom and odexed gapps (which is what stock Android is) before enabling it, otherwize the phone will crash and factory reset might required. You can also avoid forced closes by enabling it after a factory reset.

    Some people say its just placebo, but I see a clear improvement in the overall smoothness of the OS. And don't use benchmarks as confirmation, Antutu doesn't even work correctly with KitKat yet, let alone this.
    Last edited by someguy01234; 11-30-2013 at 12:14 AM.
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    Default Re: Highly recommend enabling ART.

    I was thinking, who is Art and why should I enable him?

    All joking aside, thanks for the heads up, and a brief how to.

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    Default Re: Highly recommend enabling ART.

    Any noticeable battery improvements?

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    Default Re: Highly recommend enabling ART.

    There is a 5 - minute audio clip from this week's podcast. It's worth the listen if you have time.

    http://m.androidcentral.com/five-min...ndroid-runtime

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    Default Re: Highly recommend enabling ART.

    Don't try this, after turning it on I kept getting errors.

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    Default Re: Highly recommend enabling ART.

    Quote Originally Posted by rupam95 View Post
    Don't try this, after turning it on I kept getting errors.

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    Not all apps will run with ART enabled. If an app that you find indispensable has not yet been upgraded for KitKat, you can easily change the Android runtime back to Dalvik by selecting Settings --> Developer options --> Select runtime --> Use Dalvik and allowing your Nexus to reboot and rebuild the dalvik cache. It will take a little time (approximately 5 minutes) to rebuild the cache and boot to your home screen.
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    Default Re: Highly recommend enabling ART.

    Android is getting better and better by the day... Can't wait for the 4.4 upgrade to arrive...
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    Default Re: Highly recommend enabling ART.

    I honestly haven't ran into a single force closed since enabling ART, but I don't use a ton of apps. I know Titanium Backup 6.1.3 is supposed to not be compatible, but I prefer Helium. As I mentioned, you should be using an odexed rom.
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    Default Re: Highly recommend enabling ART.

    I just enabled it. I haven't run into any force closes on my most important apps yet. But I'm also not sure I notice a huge speed difference. I'll have to use it for a little while before I can decide that. I wish I had two N4's side by side so I could try one with Dalvik and one with ART. By the time I enable one, reboot, build the cache, and get the phone back up and running, it's hard to notice if it was any faster/slower beforehand.
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    Default Re: Highly recommend enabling ART.

    Check out last night's All About Android, they talked about the pros/cons of this..

    All About Android 135 | TWiT.TV
    The episode was called:
    "The ART of Tinkering"
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    Default Re: Highly recommend enabling ART.

    Quote Originally Posted by drhere View Post
    Check out last night's All About Android, they talked about the pros/cons of this..

    All About Android 135 | TWiT.TV
    The episode was called:
    "The ART of Tinkering"
    I was listening to that earlier this morning. I'm not sure why the guy had to factory reset to get whatsapp back. Seems weird to me. I'm sure there was another way.
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    Default Re: Highly recommend enabling ART.

    After about a half day of use, I can say that the phone feels snappier. No FC's at all either. With this and the lte mod, it's starting to feel like i upgraded my phone this year. I swear, this n4 is the phone that just keeps on giving.

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    Default Re: Highly recommend enabling ART.

    Quote Originally Posted by CoolBeit View Post
    After about a half day of use, I can say that the phone feels snappier. No FC's at all either. With this and the lte mod, it's starting to feel like i upgraded my phone this year. I swear, this n4 is the phone that just keeps on giving.

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    Default Re: Highly recommend enabling ART.

    What is this ART
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    Default Re: Highly recommend enabling ART.

    Quote Originally Posted by jay_g View Post
    What is this ART
    A new runtime that accelerates the general speed of Android. As far as I know.
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    Default Re: Highly recommend enabling ART.

    Has anyone here enabled ART on the Nexus 7 2013? The delivery just showed up with me new Nexus 7 with LTE... and I'm thinking about switching to ART right away. My Nexus 4 i running ART... works great. Just want to know your experience with it on the tablet.
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    Default Re: Highly recommend enabling ART.

    No ART in Nexus tablets, tried with my N7(2012).
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    Default Re: Highly recommend enabling ART.

    Adobe Flash isn't compatible with ART.... for those of us who use it with Dolphin, Boat or other compatible browser.
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    Default Re: Highly recommend enabling ART.

    Just played around with a friend's n7 (2012) and he is noticing there are instances of lag worth the new update, I recommended switching to ART caching but it wasn't available.... Any recommendations?

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    Default Re: Highly recommend enabling ART.

    Quote Originally Posted by sibeans View Post
    Just played around with a friend's n7 (2012) and he is noticing there are instances of lag worth the new update, I recommended switching to ART caching but it wasn't available.... Any recommendations?

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    Default Re: Highly recommend enabling ART.

    If my post helped you out...PLEASE be kind and hit the THANKS button.
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    Default Re: Highly recommend enabling ART.

    Quote Originally Posted by sibeans View Post
    Just played around with a friend's n7 (2012) and he is noticing there are instances of lag worth the new update, I recommended switching to ART caching but it wasn't available.... Any recommendations?

    Posted from my "CrackDroid" Nexus 4 via the Android Central App
    ART currently support only Qualcomm devices, so not available for Tegra and Exynos devices. Recommendation is to buy the 2013 edition.

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    Default Re: Google Nexus 4 - Highly recommend enabling ART.

    Darn...

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    Default Re: Google Nexus 4 - Highly recommend enabling ART.

    ART is incredible for battery and performance

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    Default Re: Google Nexus 4 - Highly recommend enabling ART.

    I'm not seeing better battery life after switching to ART. Apps load noticeably faster though. I'm happy with it so far.
    Last edited by Greg C; 11-27-2013 at 04:19 PM.
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