Android 4.4 KitKat might support 64-bit processing

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Yes it pretty much is useless for mobile, but 64-bit processing as become a buzzword thanks to Apple when they announced the iPhone 5S would support it. Shortly after, Samsung said it’s coming to their phones next year. At that point one had to wonder if Samsung was going to do this on their own or if they knew the Android software would support it very soon. It’s probably the latter based on the image above.

It was taken at the Intel Developers Forum and posted on Reddit by shuriken. You can clearly see “64-bit” so the theory is that Google is probably adopting it very soon, and most likely Kit Kat. Now I should point out that Intel’s latest Bay Trail chips support 64-bit so this doesn’t necessarily imply Google is going to add it to Kit Kat. Intel could just be saying that the chip supports it. ARM has also announced the Cortex-A53 and Cortex-A57, which both support 64-bit. Based on all of this, it’s probably a safe assumption that the Android OS will support it, if not this year, probably next year.

Again, I have to reiterate that 64-bit processing is nothing more than a fluff spec that is pretty much worthless for mobile devices until they reach 4GB of RAM. It very well could mean something by late 2014, but for now, no need to worry about it.

source: Reddit
via: GigaOm


About the Author: Robert Nazarian

Robert lives in upstate New York where he was born and raised. Technology was always his passion. His first computer was a Radio Shack TRS80 Color that used a cassette tape to save programs, and his first laptop was a Toshiba T1200FB that sported a CGA greyscale screen and two 720kb floppy drives (no hardrive). From the early 90’s through late 2011, he only owned Motorola phones starting with the MircroTAC all the way through to the Droid X. He broke that streak when he bought the Galaxy Nexus. Now he's sporting a Galaxy Note 4, and absolutely loves it. He has a wonderful wife and a 6 year old son. In his free time he enjoys sports, movies, TV, working out, and trying to keep up with the rapid fast world of technology.


  • icyrock1

    “Again, I have to reiterate that 64-bit processing is nothing more than a fluff spec that is pretty much worthless for mobile devices until they reach 4GB of RAM. It very well could mean something by late 2014, but for now, no need to worry about it.”

    No, it’s really not. The first PC’s who had 64-bit processing did not have 4GB’s of ram (they had 512 MB). The main advantage is they can more accurately process numbers (while crunching more at the same time), use memory more efficiently, and all while using around the same amounts of energy.

    • Kary

      With the exception of games and maybe navigation, I doubt that a smartphone would ever work with the type of data that it would matter.

      I’m running 32 bit Windows 8 on my desktop because in upgrading there wasn’t a significant benefit to going 64 bit relative to the hassle of the install hassles.

  • Oletros

    “Again, I have to reiterate that 64-bit processing is nothing more than a fluff spec that is pretty much worthless for mobile devices until they reach 4GB of RAM.”

    No, it is not just a fluff spec, new instructions, new and wider registers makes a difference. Just read Anandtech iPhone 5s review

    • Kary

      I tried to read that. It was painful. I was a bit surprised to see Arandtech do a detailed analysis of the color choices of the 5S