64-bit Android Could Come Faster Than We Think

The open-source development team for Linux on ARM architecture, Linaro, is working on some software and tools that will speed up the release of a 64-bit Android OS. There is a huge need to do so, as ever since the release of Apple’s iPhone 5S, there haven’t even been any announcements of any other 64-bit smartphone.

Google’s current operating system, Android 4.4 “KitKat”, is only 32-bit. The switch from 32-bit to 64-bit could be rather quick if the software and drivers are ready well before the release of the operating system. This is where Apple rules. Before they do anything, they take their time and perfect it before they even announce it. This leaves other companies scrambling to catch up, and they make major mistakes in doing so. We see this with Windows mainly, and pretty much on a yearly basis.

With the launch of a new 64-bit version of Android, it could start a whole new revolution of faster and more powerful smartphones. One issue with the transition is the fact that a 64-bit Android system obviously doesn’t exist at the moment, and neither do any smartphones that could support a 64-but operating system. Which one is going to be put into production first? Will Google have to announce their new 64-bit OS before any phones are capable of running it?

Last week during the Mobile World Congress trade show, chip makers Qualcomm and MediaTek had nothing to say when it cam to 64-bit ARM-based smartphone chips. Google hasn’t made any announcement either, and has declined making any comments except for saying that it is too early in the game to even talk about it.

The entire ARM ecosystem is getting ready for the 64-bit changeover, but there are absolutely no signs of when it will actually happen. It has been speculated that Google could be releasing a 64-bit version of Android later this year during the Google I/O conference though.

At MWC, there was one 64-bit version of Android shown, but it wasn’t for ARM. It was on a handset with a 64-bit x86 Atom chip from Intel. Intel worked on the chip on it’s own, and Google has been significantly slower due to amount of partners it has in the project. Too many cooks in the kitchen, as they say. Right now, Intel is looking at this as a short term advantage, and ARM-based chip makers are looking to even the playing field, and to do it quickly.

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