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    Benchmarking programs have long been a controversial subject. Big manufacturers have been accused of cheating them, and the process of putting a score to a phone has been debated too. So when AnTuTu Labs announced that its famous benchmarking app would be receiving a pretty huge update, we decided to give it a run -- this is our AnTuTu 5.0 overview. Many tests are run as part of any benchmarking program, and AnTuTu is no exception. While these tests themselves are generally considered great metrics showing a device's performance, how the end result is calculated as a seemingly-arbitrary ...

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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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    All images copyright Sarah Jarrett   Looking through Sarah Jarrett's gallery, it's hard to believe these images were made using only an iPhone and an iPad. From painterly landscapes and still lifes to surreal portraiture, Sarah's work is expressive and unique. While many still associate the term "mobile photography" with the occasional selfie or family photo, Sarah is a pioneer in a growing movement of people who create serious fine art on their mobile devices. We talked to Sarah about mobile photography, her images and the artistic process behind them. • Pocketnow: Tell us a bit about ...

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    Back in January, noted Android dev Chainfire raised some warning flags about changes Google was making to Android sources that threatened to disrupt the way root access works. While the changes seemed intended to help beef-up Android security, the side effect was that we needed a new superuser app, and that some apps taking advantage of root needed to be re-tooled. Over the weekend, Chainfire has posted an update, talking further about the ongoing efforts in the AOSP to enhance app security and the effect this all has on root. In what he describes as a consequence of moving to “SELinux ...

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    We all know that a platform without many apps isn't very attractive. As far as mobile computing platforms are concerned, Android is somewhat uniquely positioned when it comes to apps.  Most platforms require their apps to be compiled for the particular processor tucked neatly inside the device. This has some significant advantages, not the least of which is speed. Programs that are written and compiled for one particular architecture are generally much faster, more responsive, and a lot less "laggy" than devices that go through a middle-tier -- like Android does. Google's working on that ...

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    With the release of Android 4.4 KitKat, we saw Google introduce a new virtual machine, giving users the opportunity to switch from the just-in-time compilation of the familiar Dalvik VM to one using ahead-of-time compilation, the Android Runtime ART. With KitKat, ART was added as a bit of a preview – it wasn't the default VM, and while our experiments with it revealed a lot of promise, initial load time and the threat of compatibility issues were still factors that gave us pause. Hopefully Google has taken the past couple months to polish ART up a little, because some new evidence ...

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    A huge advantage that devices powered by the Android operating system have over virtually every other OS is the use of a virtual machine in which apps run. Yes, virtual machines, but we'll get to those in just a moment. What makes all this relevant now is the decision by Google to include a new runtime in Android 4.4 KitKat -- one that promises to make your device faster, your battery last longer, and give you thicker, more manageable hair. Wait, not that last one. Before we jump into this brand new VM, and why it's turned off by default, let's make sure everyone understands what we're ...

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