The graphic may misrepresent the actual numbers of iPhone users comparatively to the Android platform, but it certainly feels like over the last three years the Android platform has gotten bigger and bigger, capturing more mobile market share, with mods, apps, and number of hardware platforms running the software all ballooning. It is a major contender for the #1 mobile platform. But there are side effects to growth that fast. With finite resources, there are plenty of requested changes, plenty of potential improvements, that never get made in favor of keeping the lights on. The Dalvik runtime is one such bit of code in the android platform.
Dalvik is the process virtual machine (VM) in Google’s Android operating system. It is the software that runs the apps on Android devices. Having gone largely unchanged in years, Android has begun open beta of its replacement, the ART runtime, which promises better performance and battery life. Here’s how ART will deliver on that promise.