ART on HTC One

Attention smartphone nerds — the new HTC One (M8) includes the option to use the experimental, pre-release ART runtime should you desire to make that switch. Android 4.4 introduced the new ART runtime — an alternative to the standard Dalvik runtime intended to let developers and OEMs get to grips with the new code before it becomes the default. But so far it hasn't been available on all KitKat devices. The old HTC One (M7) for instance didn't get ART in its KitKat update.

Like to live dangerously with preproduction runtimes? HTC's M8 lets you do that.

On phones where it's available, such as the Nexus 5 and Moto X, some regular users and tinkerers have switched to ART full-time, as it seems to bring a small but noticeable boost in responsiveness. As ART is still in the experimental stage, however, that extra performance comes at the cost of compatibility with certain apps. Nevertheless, if you understand the risks you can enable ART on HTC's 2014 flagship from within the developer settings menu as usual. (Whether you really should is debatable, but in any case, the option's there.)

For a quick rundown of what ART is all about, check out this podcast section from last year. And to learn more about the newly-announced M8, hit up our HTC One portal page.


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Experimental ART runtime available on new HTC One


I see you are trying to make htc one(2013) users remember that they dont have ART.

I too like to live dangerously.

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Your not missing all that much

You really should see the crap I don't post. Sorry if honesty offends you

As a heads up, though, not all apps support ART yet. Up to devs to switch over

Sent from my Nexus 5 :-D

Ever since i enabled ART, i got sounds and 13s put on my Cavalier, i got a double-wide and i rode a plane

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How great thou ART, how great thou ART!

... but I'm not using it yet on my Nexus 5. Their isn't much of a reason to, atm.

Fun fact
Developer settings (to choose ART) within System Settings is available in Sprint's version of Moto X (stock model not DE) but to get there on Verizon's version you can see it only while connected to computer. Just wondering how will VZW fix The One.

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VZW Moto X

Yeah what the heck happened? I thought the 16mp camera was all but official? I was surprised.

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4 megapixels in 1 ultra pixel.
4 Ultra pixels in 1 (2014) HTC One.

Posted via my SPARK enabled Sprint LG G2, K00949438Yd FRAMILY!