Nov 27 AT 2:16 PM Dima Aryeh 11 Comments

ART gets closer to being usable, Titanium Backup updated with support for the runtime

Android KitKat Nexus 7

There is no denying that ART is the future of Android. ART is the new runtime included in KitKat builds, replacing the old system that used Just-In-Time compiler. Instead, all apps will be compiled ahead of time, making loading apps a lot faster. But a huge change like this will of course break apps, hence why ART is an experimental feature in the Developer settings.

However, people are still using it. And this means they need their apps working, and developers are already making their apps work properly with ART. Titanium Backup, one of the most important root apps out there, has now been updated with full support for ART. So if anything goes wrong with your phone, you know you’ll have a working backup to fix whatever damage has been caused.

If you’ve never used ART or don’t have a KitKat device that supports it, this update won’t change anything for you. But if you’ve started using ART, go download this Titanium Backup update now and keep a backup handy for the moment things go south. And if you’re using ART right now, tell us how you like it in the comments!

Via: Android Police

Source: Titanium Backup (Play Store)

Dima Aryeh is a Russian obsessed with all things tech. He does photography, is an avid phone modder (who uses an AT&T Galaxy Note II), a heavy gamer (both PC and 360), and an aspiring home mechanic. He is also an avid fan of music, especially power metal.

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  • naypalm

    Theres no need to download ART if you have 4.4. Just enable it in dev settings and let it reboot. It takes maybe 10 minutes to optimize your Apps but once it’s done, it will be worth it.

    • Dima Aryeh

      Sorry, bad phrasing. I meant download the Titanium Backup update that now supports ART. I’ll go ahead and rephrase that in the article.

  • Spoorthy Vemula

    For nexus 5, ART isnt that great IMO. I feel like installing the moto x dalvik optimization did much more for improving performence.

  • Nicholas Vettese

    I am using ART on my N5, and I haven’t noticed that much improvement. I know that this is a developer option, and hope that as Android matures, this is a more viable option with more improvements.

  • Pedro

    Not sure if there’s a way to see the benefits of ART in action. I have been using ART since I installed C11 ROM on my note 2 (AT&T). So far only Whatsapp doesn’t work. I think things are smoother in general but I don’t know for sure. I downloaded and ran the Antutu benchmark but my scores for both dalvik and ART are very similar… I have also had several “the process com. google.process.gapps has stopped” messages despite resetting app preferences several times. So I really haven’t seen much positives so far. If anybody knows of a way to see/feel the benefits of ART (if any) please let me know.

  • DragonPhyre

    Explain like I am 5: What is the difference between ART and what we have now?

  • Junior

    ART is working wonderfully!
    Much better than Dalvik VM.

    Only problem is with Whatsapp. I sent a message and they reply telling they will prepare to ART only when this runtime mode be the standard. I think it’s ridiculous acting like this.

    So, I let Whatsapp aside and running Facebook messenger, GTalk…etc…

  • donger

    Go ART.

  • tetracycloide

    I tried ART for a few days on my nexus 5 and saw some general improvements in responsiveness. For me personally however the improvements weren’t big enough to be worth living without xposed framework on stock. Can’t wait for an ART compatible version!

    • Count Bleck

      There will never be one due to how Xposed works, unfortunately.