Android KitKat Looks Set To Add 64 Bit Processor Support
Android KitKat looks set to add support for 64 bit processors.
Apple’s iPhone 5S is the world’s first 64 bit smartphone with Apple adding 64 bit support in the latest version of their mobile operating system (Apple iOS 7). That’s left Google’s Android platform lagging behind, but it doesn’t seem like Apple’s advantage will last long.
A new image, posted above, taken from an Intel developer conference reveals that future versions of Android will add 64 bit processor support. It should be noted that Android KitKat wasn’t referenced directly , although the next major version of Android seems the most likely candidate to introduce the feature.
Even if Android KitKat introduces 64 bit support there are currently no Android smartphones with a 64 bit processor , which is needed to take advantage of the new enhancement. However, ARM and Intel are already producing 64 bit mobile chips and Samsung recently confirmed that their next-gen devices will have ‘64 bit processing capability‘.
What are the benefits of 64 bit architecture? Essentially, 64 bit processors enable a device to undertake more tasks simultaneously , improving overall speed and multi-tasking performance. Furthermore, 64 bit architecture adds support for devices with more than 4GB of RAM, which is a bottleneck that’s fast approaching - with Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 having a whopping 3GB of RAM.
It'll be a while till we enjoy the full potential of 64 bit processors because all applications will need to be rewritten to take advantage of the new architecture. Thankfully, you’ll still be able to run 32 bit applications - although, you won’t get any additional performance benefits from the new processor.
Google are expected to unveil Android KitKat on October 11th and as soon as we get more news about the operating system we'll let you know !
By Simon Thomas on 18th September, 2013