Intel plans to introduce 64-bit Android devices sometime in 2014

November 22, 2013
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While some say that 64-bit CPUs are still mostly a gimmick in the mobile world, there’s no denying that Apple managed to garner up quite a bit of attention when it announced that the iPhone 5S would be the world’s first 64-bit handset, powered by the new Apple A7.

Since that time, Samsung has confirmed that they are also preparing to jump into the 64-bit phone/tablet game in 2014, with rumors suggesting that the Galaxy S5 could be their first 64-bit Android device. We’ve also heard reports that Nvidia and (to lesser extent) Qualcomm are also working on 64-bit endeavors.

Outside of the ARM camp however, 64-bit technology is nothing new, and now Intel is getting ready to bring such tech over to the Android world with its 64-bit Bay Trail Atom platform.

Speaking at an Intel investor event yesterday, Intel’s Hermann Eul reported that while most of its 64-bit efforts have been aimed at Windows, they are very much interested in bringing 64-bit computing over to Android as well. Talk is one thing, doing is another. At the event, Intel even showed off a demo of “the first ever showing of a 64-bit kernel running on Bay Trail with Android.” Impressive to say the least.

So when exactly could we see the first 64-bit Intel-powered Android tablets? According to Eul, 64-bit Bay Trail Atom devices running Windows will hit in Q1 of next year, and that they will want to “run fast” to make this happen on Android as well. Not exactly specific, though it does suggest that the first 64-bit Intel Android devices could happen as early as the first half of next year.

With just about every major chip maker starting to throw their weight behind 64-bit chips, it’s obvious that the 64-bit mobile devices era has begun. What do you think, are you looking forward to the 64-bit revolution in the mobile world, or do you feel that 32-bit processors are more than good enough for now?

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