Myriad announces Dalvik Turbo Virtual Machine…too good to be true?

One of the lesser known founders of the Open Handset Alliance, Myriad Group AG, unveiled yesterday their Dalvik Turbo virtual machine meant to replace the standard Dalvik VM that currently powers applications that run on the Android.

For those of you that don’t know…

Dalvik is the virtual machine which runs the Java platform on Android mobile devices.

It runs applications which have been converted into a compact Dalvik Executable (.dex) format suitable for systems that are constrained in terms of memory and processor speed.


Java is a programming language…

Java is general-purpose, concurrent, class-based, and object-oriented, and is specifically designed to have as few implementation dependencies as possible. It is intended to let application developers “write once, run anywhere.”

This new VM by Myriad is said to increase the speed in which your phone runs applications by 3x the normal speed, provide longer battery life and increase the quality of game graphics. They claim all of this will be achieved without a significant increase in memory usage. If this is true, applications that run on the Android platform will perform like they never have before. 😉

The Dalvik Turbo supports processors from ARM, Intel Atom and MIPS Architectures.

Myriad will be demonstrating their new Dalvik VM at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona next week.

What do you think of Dalvik Turbo? Is this too good to be true? Leave a comment…

Source: Myriad Group, definitions from Wikipedia