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You told us: You're not entirely ready for 64-bit-only smartphones
Google quietly revealed that the Pixel 7 devices were actually the first 64-bit only Android smartphones. The Tensor G2 processor inside these phones indeed supports 32-bit operations, but the company decided to disable 32-bit support in software.
However, third-party developers revealed unofficial ways to bring 32-bit support to the Pixel 7 series earlier this month. We were curious as to how many people cared about having 32-bit app support in the first place. So we posted a poll inside our news story.
Do you care if your phone doesn’t have 32-bit support?
Just over 1,100 votes were counted in this poll as of writing, and it turns out that the most popular option was “No, I don’t care.” This accounted for ~47% of the vote.
We can see why respondents would choose this option, as Google has mandated since 2019 that apps submitted to the Play Store should have a 64-bit version. This means virtually every Play Store app should work on your 64-bit only device.
Meanwhile, almost 31% of surveyed readers said 64-bit support was important to them. Finally, ~22% of respondents said they cared about 32-bit app support but that it wasn’t a must-have. We’re guessing these readers have a few legacy apps, abandoned games, or sideloaded apps that don’t offer 64-bit versions.
Nevertheless, it’s interesting to note that almost 53% of polled readers say they do care about 32-bit app support in some capacity. Fortunately for them, 2023’s flagship Android processors still offer 32-bit support.