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    With last fall's release of Android 4.4 KitKat, Google introduced an experimental new runtime, ART. As opposed to the Dalvik virtual machine, ART promised speed improvements at the cost of storage space – or at least, that was the idea. In reality, the speed boosts could be hard to see, and compatibility issues that broke certain apps prevented ART from being a slam dunk. Nevertheless, the option has been there for users interested in trying it out. Lately, though, we've been seeing evidence suggesting that Google had improved ART to the point where it was getting ready to go mainstream, ...

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    Android 4.4 KitKat is the long-awaited upgrade to Google's Android operating systems for smartphones and tablets. Although it doesn't bring huge changes like many of us had hoped, the modifications are elegant and profound. Finally, the waiting is over, and Kitkat has been officially released, but unless you already have a Nexus 5 in hand, you probably don't have it. Luckily there are some builds out there that you can put on your own device, like we did with our Nexus 4, to get the KitKat experience there. Hit the play button, and let's go hands-on with Android 4.4 KitKat on the Nexus 4. ...

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    If you're an Android fan, and even the slightest big technically-minded, you probably understand that the platform is based around Linux. Underneath the Android runtime and all the code that makes Android “Android,” you'll find a Linux kernel. Right now, if you're running any recent build, that means your phone is on the 3.4 kernel – which itself dates back to May of last year; we are long overdue for an update. Recent signs point to work at doing something about that, bringing the Linux 3.10 kernel to Android in the near future. That's a big deal, because it would deliver a whole ...

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    Fans of stock Android have been enjoying a fair amount of good news lately. We just learned of that special Google Edition of the Samsung Galaxy S 4 the other day, and today we get to see Sony continue with its own support for Android development, releasing an AOSP project for its Xperia Tablet Z. You might remember that Sony did the same thing last month for the Xperia Z, following in the footsteps of last year's AOSP experiment with the Xperia S. Today the Xperia Tablet Z joins those two, and Sony claims that it intends to follow these all up with the Xperia ZL in the near future. As ...

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    Last summer, we learned that Google was taking the unusual step of adding a non-Nexus smartphone to the source repositories as part of the Android Open Source Project, with the introduction of a project for the Sony Xperia S. While that experiment wrapped-up several months later and saw the codebase move to a separate Sony-controlled repository, it was largely heralded as a success. With the Xperia S now showing its age, Sony is getting a more modern handset involved with the same sort of project, starting a new one to share AOSP code for the Xperia Z. This is still very much a ...

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    What is the AOSP? According to Google, the Android Open Source Project refers to the people, the processes, and the source code that make up Android. "The people oversee the project and develop the actual source code. The processes refer to the tools and procedures we use to manage the development of the software. The net result is the source code that you can use to build cell phone and other devices." Part of the AOSP is essentially a repository for ROMs, the software that we run on our phones and tablets. Not only is the generic, "core" operating system tucked away inside the AOSP, ...

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    Sony had "nothing to announce" regarding an official Jelly Bean update for the phone back in July and there's no word about it even today. On the eve of the Xperia SL unveiling, the Xperia S predecessor will become subject to a rather interesting experiment. Jean-Baptiste Queru, Technical Lead for the Android Open Source Project at Google, said: "For a new challenge, I'd like to try to go one step further, and to target some hardware beyond the usual categories. I've added a git project for the Sony LT26, i.e. Xperia S. This seems like a good target: it's a powerful current GSM ...

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    Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is coming soon to a phone near you! Depending on how old you phone is, who makes it, and what carrier you're with it may not be coming to your phone -- but one near you, that's for sure!. Hopefully it will come to your phone, and hopefully it will be sooner than later. In the meantime, now that the source-code to Jelly Bean has hit the AOSP be ready for a whole slew of ROMs to start hitting the net! But before you get too excited, there are a few options you might want to know about. 1. Do you want to Root your phone and run a custom ROM? If you're using an "older" ...

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