12-01-2013 05:35 AM
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  1. someguy01234's Avatar
    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.
    Golfdriver97 likes this.
    11-08-2013 03:35 PM
  2. Golfdriver97's Avatar
    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.
    11-08-2013 03:44 PM
  3. Photon4glover's Avatar
    Any noticeable battery improvements?

    Sent from my Nexus 4 using Tapatalk
    11-09-2013 09:52 PM
  4. srkmagnus's Avatar
    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

    Sent from my Nexus 5 using AC Forums mobile app
    Citizen Coyote likes this.
    11-09-2013 10:10 PM
  5. rupam95's Avatar
    Don't try this, after turning it on I kept getting errors.

    Posted via Android Central App
    11-09-2013 10:30 PM
  6. dubyasux's Avatar
    Don't try this, after turning it on I kept getting errors.

    Posted via Android Central App
    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.
    11-11-2013 01:11 PM
  7. TheeWolf2's Avatar
    Android is getting better and better by the day... Can't wait for the 4.4 upgrade to arrive...
    11-11-2013 03:51 PM
  8. someguy01234's Avatar
    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.
    11-11-2013 06:12 PM
  9. CoolBeit's Avatar
    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.
    11-13-2013 12:51 PM
  10. drhere's Avatar
    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"
    11-13-2013 02:55 PM
  11. CoolBeit's Avatar
    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.
    11-13-2013 04:18 PM
  12. CoolBeit's Avatar
    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.

    Sent from my Nexus 4 using Tapatalk
    11-13-2013 09:28 PM
  13. alexlam24's Avatar
    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.

    Sent from my Nexus 4 using Tapatalk
    The giving tree/phone

    Sent from my HTC Xperia S4
    11-13-2013 09:30 PM
  14. jay_g's Avatar
    What is this ART
    11-14-2013 08:44 AM
  15. Crisdean's Avatar
    What is this ART
    A new runtime that accelerates the general speed of Android. As far as I know.
    11-14-2013 02:11 PM
  16. dsl4life's Avatar
    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.
    11-25-2013 05:55 AM
  17. dsneedmd's Avatar
    No ART in Nexus tablets, tried with my N7(2012).
    11-25-2013 09:36 AM
  18. Greg C's Avatar
    Adobe Flash isn't compatible with ART.... for those of us who use it with Dolphin, Boat or other compatible browser.
    11-25-2013 09:59 PM
  19. sibeans's Avatar
    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
    11-25-2013 10:09 PM
  20. CoolBeit's Avatar
    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
    #17

    Sent from my Nexus 4 using Tapatalk
    11-25-2013 10:48 PM
  21. Greg C's Avatar
    11-25-2013 11:28 PM
  22. someguy01234's Avatar
    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.

    sent from tapatalk
    11-26-2013 12:29 AM
  23. sibeans's Avatar
    Darn...

    Sent from my "CrackDroid" Nexus 4 using the Mobile Nations App
    11-26-2013 02:35 AM
  24. anon5664829's Avatar
    ART is incredible for battery and performance

    Posted via Android Central App
    11-26-2013 02:43 AM
  25. Greg C's Avatar
    I'm not seeing better battery life after switching to ART. Apps load noticeably faster though. I'm happy with it so far.
    11-27-2013 02:34 AM
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