Meizu's VP: ART Support Is Coming To Meizu MX4 Soon

Meizu MX4 Pro took the spotlight in the last couple of days considering the company has launched this handset on November 19th. MX4 Pro is an upgraded version of Meizu MX4, it brings a higher-res display which is a bit bigger than the MX4's panel, more RAM, a more powerful processor and a fingerprint scanner below the display. Other than that, these two handsets are very much alike. Their general design language is pretty much the same, they both run the latest version of Meizu's Flyme OS and have 20.7-megapixel snapper by Sony on the back. Meizu MX4 launched back in September and it seems odd of Meizu to launch an upgraded version of that handset only 2.5 months later, but they did. Meizu MX4 is still an extremely powerful handset though, I even prefer its design to the MX4 Pro due to that capacitive "dot" below the display and a bit more affordable price. Meizu MX4 also got some attention by Meizu recently, let's see what's all that about.

Meizu's Vice President, Li Nan, was asked to comment on why does the MX4 doesn't have ART, but uses Dalvik instead. First thing's first, what is ART? ART or Android Runtime is an application runtime environment in Android and it replaced Dalvik runtime in Android 5.0 Lollipop. It would take a long time to compare ART to Dalvik, but let's just say the most important benefit here, apps run faster on ART. There are many benefits to ART actually, but this is the most important one. Back to Meizu, you can't even enable ART in developer options on Meizu MX4, which made consumers interested to know why is that, Li Nan was kind enough to respond. Meizu's VP basically said that the company didn't manage to adapt Flyme to ART (though MediaTek's chip might have something to do with it as well), but that they'll enable it in the future, quite probably when the company updates its Flyme OS to Android 5.0 Lollipop, makes sense. Not many people actually expected ART to be available on Meizu MX4, but some consumers were interested why isn't it available in the developer options at the very least.

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