This week in your world of Android: Android 4.4.4 took us by surprise, ART replaced Dalvik in AOSP, Google released updates to several of its core apps, the Galaxy S5 LTE-A launched in South Korea, Amazon finally unveiled its smartphone, reports emerged about Google’s Android in the car plans, and hacker Geohot released a widely effective root method.
These are the essential stories, the summary of an entire week in just a few words. It’s Android Weekly.
What does Android’s possible switch to ART mean for Xposed and other apps?
Does ART really provide a faster, smoother app launching experience when compared to Dalvik? A new video has hit the web that attempts to answer that question by pitting two Nexus 7 tablets against one other, one running Dalvik and the other running ART.
Dalvik’s future replacement debuts in Android 4.4 KitKat, currently an experimental feature
The days of Dalvik might finally be winding down! Google's upcoming replacement runtime, ART, has now debuted in Android 4.4 KitKat. Currently Dalvik is still set to default, as ART is still very much in the experimental stages.
Is Google Maps draining your battery? Here’s how to fix it
Why the quad-core Snapdragon 820 won’t bring an end to the core wars
LG V10 durability drop test
Why does the Nexus cost more in UK and Europe?
What’s new in Android Studio 1.4
Quick Charge 3.0 explained: what you need to know (Update: video added)
Nexus 6P and 5X vs the competition
Is Apple a cult? New York University Historian says “it obviously is...
Android App permissions explained
Six-pack of tablets and the iPad Pro: the tablet market is polarizing
Why are Chinese brands seen poorly in the US and what can they do about it?
I’m excited about the BlackBerry Venice, are you?
How to safely clean your Android smartphones and tablets
BlackBerry Venice rumor roundup (updated on September 19)
Google Nexus 2015 rumor roundup (updated on September 19)