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Is 64-bit processing all hype? How to convert iPhone users to Android, phone charger fix, and more - Android Q&A

In this week's edition of Android Q&A, we take a look at the hype surrounding 64-bit processing, converting iPhone users to Android, and more!
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December 4, 2013

Welcome to this week’s edition of Android Q&A! As always, we try to answer as many of your great questions as possible. This week, we talk about the hype surrounding 64-bit processors, how to convert iPhone users to Android, and fixing your phone charger. Let’s get started!


Question 1

What does 64-bit (processing) mean exactly? – apetheape9 and Abdul

Answer

Imagine that your device is a library, with a librarian (CPU) in-charge of 32 assistants (bits). Let’s say that someone comes in and asks for all the books about dinosaurs. If we assume that there are 64 such books and each assistant can carry only one book at a time, bringing all 64 books will require two trips. Now, instead of 32 assistants, if the librarian had 64 assistants, the same task would be completed in one trip. But, the implication that the speed is doubled doesn’t hold true in most cases. For example, if there were 65 books, the total time taken would be for 3 trips, even if only one assistant has to go and the third trip. In the case of 64 assistants, it would now take 2 trips.

Granted, the metaphor above is an over-simplification of a very complicated idea. There are a few other factors in play here as well. The first is with regards to RAM. Anyone in the know will tell you that to utilize the 64-bit processor, the device will need at 3.2 GB of RAM, so in the case of our mobile devices, at least 4 GB RAM, and ideally 6 GB, which we’re still a while away from. Considering the rumors that the Samsung Galaxy S5 will be featuring a 64-bit processor, it’s understandable that a follow up rumor suggests that the device will boast 4 GB of RAM.

The other major factor is that there almost no applications that support 64-bit processing. Of course, with the shift towards 64-bit processors, this issue won’t last much longer, but for now, one of the reasons to pick up a device with a 64-bit processor is basically future-proofing.


Question 2

Hi, I am trying to convince my mum to change from iOS to Android. What phone should she get? – Manaar Khandoker

Answer

The question to ask here is, what do iOS users like about the OS? The answer in most cases will be the simple and quick, albeit restricted, user experience. The phone right now that is closest to providing a similar experience is the Moto X. With its optimal display size (although bigger than any iPhone), voice commands and other features to enhance user experience, and of course, it’s current price point of $350 off-contract, the Moto X is definitely a safe bet. If price is a point of concern, the Moto G is also an amazing mid-range device for its price of $179 off-contract.


Question 3

How to repair a malfunctioning phone charger?

Answer

To help you out with fixing a phone charger that isn’t working, here’s a tutorial to help you out.

Keep in mind that you may end of damaging the charging ports further, so make sure that you follow the step-by-step instructions properly.


Question 4

When will the Samsung Galaxy S3 and Galaxy S4 get an update to Android 4.4 Kitkat?

Answer

If you can’t wait to upgrade to the latest flavor of Android, custom ROMs is the way to go. That will require root access on your devices, and you can find helpful rooting guides for the Samsung Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S3 in this YouTube channel by InfernoByrd1. Once again, we’d like to remind you that if you’re going to attempt such a procedure, some amount of technical know-how is recommended, as there is always a slight chance that something might go wrong. Also, keep in mind that rooting your device will void the warranty.


And another edition of Android Q&A comes to a close. This weekly show exists because of your great questions, so keep ’em coming! Let us know what you’d like to see Android Authority cover, and don’t forget to send in your questions in the form below, or by commenting on the Google+ posts and Youtube videos of this show.