Myriad Is Just About Set to Release Their Dalvik Turbo Virtual Machine


Remember back in February when everyone was going crazy about Myriad Group’s new optimizations to Android’s Dalvik Virtual Machine? Well they haven’t slowed down just because Google baked the same optimizations into Android 2.2. They’ve announced that they’ll soon be releasing their version of Dalvik for free in conjunction with MIPS on their community site for MIPS-based devices.


When we saw the demo of the technology at the Mobile World Congress, it reportedly only offered ~2x more performance than the original Dalvik VM. Now, they’re claiming to have achieved a performance boost of 5x, putting it right around the range that Google’s reporting with the JIT-enabled vession.

From the sound of it, there really doesn’t seem to be much of a difference between Dalvik Turbo and the JIT-enabled Dalvik that Google’s bringing, but their one claim to fame is that this will be compatible with all versions of Android from 1.0 (ha!) all the way up to 2.2 and beyond.

We’ll update you when this finally becomes available.

[via IntoMobile]

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. great…support for all versions,not like goggle

  2. So… JIT and this cannot be together don’t they?


    If they can live toghere.. jizz in my pants. XD

  3. How? Android phones are powered by ARM CPUs. These guys are releasing for MIPS. The two are so different they may as well release for x86 while they’re at it!

  4. This is way over my tech level. Is this something that a dev has to put into their app to make that app run faster, or can this somehow be applied to an older phone to make it run faster overall?

  5. My guess is you have to have a rom with it included. Its a crucial part of the OS from what i know. All apps run on that VM. You cannot install a new VM just because you want to. Correct me if i’m wrong.

  6. Needs to come preinstalled or as an S.O. update. Hence the (now old) commercial interest in selling it to manufacturers. What I fail to see is how they’ll get profit if they offer it “free”.

  7. It will not work on older ARM Processors only MIPS so the backwards compatability thing doesn’t make much sense…

  8. That’s kinda what I figured. That makes this a pretty useless release, since the trend would naturally be for new handsets and updates for old handsets to get the JIT in Froyo.

  9. I think I read somewhere that theyre going to port it over to the ARM architecture.

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