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.
The mobile trends of 2015: which excite, which repel?
Vodafone Smart Ultra 6 first impressions
Speculation: Is there a connection between the BlackBerry Venice and Samsung?
Most unconventional Android devices of all time
How to develop a simple Android Wear app
Best Vodafone Android phones (UK)
Vodafone UK review (2015): everything you need to know
Road to 4K: Do we need it? And who will be first?
Sound Guys Monthly – Beats Pill 2.0 International Giveaway
Best EE Android phones (UK)
Form factors: which design language do you prefer?
Honor 7 & Meizu MX5 vs the competition
Writing your first Android app – everything you need to know
EE network review (2015): everything you need to know