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by Kimberly Deas

Android recently released the Android 4.4, “KitKat.” This edition comes with an important feature that can speed up your phone and increase battery life.

It is called ART or Android Run Time. This process runs the apps on the Android device.

Dalvik is the current method that runs the apps. Dalvik converts the app into an executable program every time you launch the app. This is “Just in Time” processing, which takes up time and memory.  

ART is an “ahead-of-time” process that compiles the app when it is installed. This allows the app to launch twice as fast, and since your phone does not have to work as hard, you also get better battery life.

ART does come with a few downsides. It uses more storage, and although 99% of apps are compatible, some are not.

ART is not the default on a device with KitKat. You will have to activate ART; Dalvik is the default.

To activate ART, go to Settings / About Phone and tap Build Number until you get announcement that you are a developer. Then go back to Settings and click developer options and select “use ART.”  It will take 10-20 minutes to convert apps. No app data is lost during this process.

If you find that your apps are not working, you can always switch back to the default, Dalvik.

As we require more and more from our phones, our phones continue to get smarter.

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Kimberly Deas combines her 10+ years’ experience in telecommunications with a background in personal coaching and results-oriented training.

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