Last week we told you about Myriad Group, the guys behind Dalvik Turbo. Just to recap: Dalvik Turbo is a new high performance virtual machine that would replace the standard Dalvik engine that Android uses to run applications. Myriad is demoing Dalvik Turbo at MWC and Engadget had a few seconds of quality time with it. In the video (after the break) you can clearly see the ADP2 on the right having quite a hard time rendering the box. The one on the left, however, is handling itself quite well and there’s no lag whatsoever.
We like what we’re seeing. However, this 3D cube test could have different results to a real world test. We’d have liked to see this on a more real world environment, like opening and closing apps while listening to music. I guess this will have to do for now.
According to Engadget, Myriad will be working with carriers and manufacturers to bring Dalvik Turbo to future Android devices. Supposedly, Dalvik Turbo will be available on Android phones later this year. Still, we might see something similar to this way before that. (cont.)
It seems that Dalvik Turbo uses JIT or just-in-time compilation, hence the performance boost. In fact, Google has been working on JIT for Dalvik for a long time now and way back in November they included it with Éclair. It was not turned on by default due to instability issues, but it was there for Android enthusiasts to play with. I wouldn’t be surprised at all if Froyo came with JIT by default. Froyo it’s still a couple of months away, giving the Android team ample time to put the finishing touches on this. Whether is from Myriad or Google, Android devices are about to get a huge speed boost.