With the recent release announcement of the iPhone 5S, which, among other things, sports a fast A7 processor that has the capability of processing 64 bit instruction sets, the community was set abuzz with the prospect of Android’s support for 64 bit. Though Samsung has promised to provide 64 bit support in its mobile devices, Google has been quiet on that front.
However, there might be no need for an announcement as the support might just be already there. In fact a recent ars technica report just confirms the same. As we all know, the Android kernel architecture is heavily based on the Linux kernel and Linux, as we all know, have been supporting 64 bit for quite a lot of years now. So, basically android is already capable of 64 bit instruction processing natively. The only thing holding back is the lack of hardware that supports it, which falls on the manufacturers who have to include the required chipsets. Also, like Apple announced their core apps getting upgraded to 64 bit, Google also have work to be done in upgrading their apps and releasing developer tools that will allow developer to upgrade and take full advantage of the 64 support. We might be able to expect an announcement with more details for Kit-Kat.
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