Need for Speed

You know all those Android phones out there running on the same 528Mhz processor? Well, they’re about to get some help.

DroidDog and Engadget are reporting that Myriad Group AG, a new member of the Open Handset Alliance, has introduced a brand new high performance virtual machine yesterday, named Dalvik Turbo that would replace the standard Dalvik engine that Android currently uses to run applications. From Myriad‘s website:

Dalvik Turbo increases application execution speed by up to three times ‐ allowing OEMs and operators to bring smoother delivery and more complex applications to Android phones, while also providing substantial battery life improvements when running resource intensive tasks. It also enables developers to take full advantage of Android, allowing them to create games boasting advanced graphics and complex models while retaining full compatibility with existing software.

I don’t know about you, but my HTC Hero on Sprint could really use this boost, not to mention those of you with G1’s. I’m excited to see what this could mean for getting even more life out of your Android phone as newer versions are released. It would be great if this were included in any 2.1 updates rolling out this year, but it’s not likely. At least not for the 2.1 update for Droid is rumored to be coming this week. ‘Substantial battery life improvements’ should really get you going too as that’s by far one of the biggest complaints of modern smartphones.

We’re sure to hear more about this soon, especially with the Mobile World Congress coming up in Barcelona from February 15th-18th.

  • Darrell

    having been in contact with this company I can tell you that this will be available only to OEM's and will not form part of the AOSP. Since they are selling it rather than giving it away I would not expect it in any existing phone.

    • That's some hard news to swallow. Could be something that individual phone companies purchase to help their specific phones?

  • better battery life would be awesome, but i did just get my Cliq, which at this point has awesome life. ranging about 12-15hrs most of the time with general use.

  • James

    As nice as this sounds on paper, you really don't want it. There is already too much fragmentation in the Android market. This adds another huge potential for fragmentation. Now any bugs in one VM will not automatically be updated in the other. More testing for the developers and more devices needed.

  • This is interesting, thanks for article

  • 2.2 made such a big improvement over 2.1, I can’t imagine what the next update will do.

  • All the android phones are really interesting because of the various features that are unique. The company made an excellent performance.