Intel releases its 64-bit Android KitKat build for devices with Intel architectures
At Intel's IDF 2014 conference in China, the chip-maker made the announcement that its 64-bit compliant Android 4.4 KitKat distribution is being released to developers and manufacturers. "The company ported, validated and tested the Android Open Source code on Intel Architecture, taking on the work that developers typically would need to do on their own," the company said according to CNET, and added that "this release will provide the ecosystem with 64-bit kernel support for development of next-generation devices".
While this is in no doubt a significant contribution to Android's development, it feels slightly undermined by the fact that it's engineered to work only on Intel's own silicon, which is still a rarity in mobile devices. It really seems like an “ad-hoc” effort, but then again, Intel wouldn't have put in all the work to make Android 64-bit compliant if it didn't have a clear strategy. And, while we can only speculate what said strategy might be, Android's switch to 64-bit computing is imminent. ABI Research estimated that a large number of 64-bit mobile devices will start shipping in 2015, and other rumors point at an upcoming Nexus 8 tablet by Google, based on Intel's 64-bit silicon.
1. techperson211 (Posts: 710; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)
Hopefully they don't. Experience dead blue screen as well .
5. tusshharish (Posts: 342; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)
First they should update thier phones such as lenovo k900 to 4.4 kitkat and add support to custom roms......
23. networkdood (Posts: 6326; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
Update their phones? Umm..Google is not responsible for updating non Nexus devices..although..it would be nice...
31. petedavison93 (Posts: 15; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)
Would love to see that 8.9" Nexus tab made by HTC, Running 64bit Android and powered by an intel chip. Would certainly help all 3 companies IF it were successful.
3. Xenaz (Posts: 106; Member since: 28 Apr 2013)
I really don't believe we need to jump from 32-bit to 64-bit on a mobile OS currently, not even in a near future. It has almost no benefit at all on the current mobile OS but just another burden to the OS itself. I really hope Google don't follow this stupid trend started by Apple.
4. nestea (unregistered)
Oh wait, what about these stupid trends like quad core, octa-core 2.5GHz processors for smartphone, FHD and QHD resolutions for 5-6" displays?
If you know only one advantage of 64bit OS (can be used more than 4GB of RAM) then your IT knowledge is poor.
6. androiphone20 (Posts: 1521; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)
The A7 64 bit SoC is everything it was said to be, "desktop class" and that wasn't even just marketing. It's sad anyone has to hold back because Apple made the first step.
9. Finalflash (Posts: 1901; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)
It was just marketing, the A7 isn't nearly desktop class and they just want to condition the easily conditioned as soon as possible. The next two years at least will have Intel procs in all Mac lines because there is no way the A7 even competes with Sandy Bridge right now much less Haswell. The majority of the A7 performance benefits came not from 64 bit or even the Arm v8 architecture but from increased internals of the cores and wider instruction paths (new in depth analysis at Anandtech). It was all really marketing fluff but they offset the power consumption with the process shrink and then doubled everything inside. There was no real magic as all Apple fans like to believe, it was simply going from dual core to quad core by doubling core size instead of number.
12. androiphone20 (Posts: 1521; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)
Sorry dabug, here is a little bit of how Apple’s 64-bit A7 computing destroys Androidland 32-bit SoC competitors: The A7 sports the same number of execution ports as Intel’s Ivy Bridge chips. The A7 can process six instructions per clock cycle, the same as Intel’s Ivy Bridge chips. The A7 has a reorder buffer equal to that found in the Haswell architecture. The A7’s 192-instruction buffer matches Intel’s Haswell designs. Basically power paralleling modern Intel CPUs. No Androidland 32-bit processors are anywhere near that neighborhood. An ultra powerful SoC paired with the inherent software superiority of iOS is what truly delivers the best user experience. That’s why the iPhone has won every single J.D. Power Customer Satisfaction award since the iPhone came out. No Android phone has ever won.
16. nlbates66 (Posts: 314; Member since: 15 Aug 2012)
like FinalFlash said, Apple had to get at the easily conditioned as soon as possible. :)
17. Finalflash (Posts: 1901; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)
It isn't just the core components that Intel has over them. They have advanced micro and macro Op fusion as well as a much more advanced scheduler. They also have HKMG and 3D transistors already on their current chips with a much higher quality process as well (smaller too). They also have hardware techniques such as hyperthreading as well as hardware level power management and anti-virus capabilities. The Apple A7 isn't nearly there yet and will not be for several more years, in which time, Intel won't be sitting idle either. It is a good chip, but it isn't some magical double for nothing chip that Apple fans make it out to be. Also, the Android manufacturers have been going with the more conventional core count while Apple decided to increase core size. Both have their advantages but essentially amount to the same thing. Apple has their OS optimized for dual cores and so would benefit from keeping it that way. The android side has been going more towards higher scalability with more but simpler cores, so they are going that route. Processor "advanced-ness" isn't just based on numbers but how you use them (this applies to both sides).
21. androiphone20 (Posts: 1521; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)
I hope you realised that calling the A7 "desktop class" is appropriate even when intel is a tad better and remember I said, quote "the A7 power parallels modern intel cpus (Sandy bridge and later)" feel free to walk around thinking you know better than Anadtech, quoting in Anadtech's own words."with six decoders and nine ports to execution units, Cyclone is big...bigger than anything else that goes in a phone". That wasn't just marketing hyperbole, you have to have a pretty tough set of brass balls to call out "desktop class" when it's not. Everyone knows that Microsoft was the king of hyperbole. I hope Nadella changes that title
24. Finalflash (Posts: 1901; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)
They said it was the biggest thing in the phone, which is literally what it is. They aren't saying its a desktop cpu in a phone. Also, Apple is now the most hyperbolic in that arena now, they over exaggerate everything from most advanced OS to desktop class CPU. Apple talks out of their rear often, it is only their hardcore fanbase that takes it as gospel while the rest of the world just shrugs it off.
13. androiphone20 (Posts: 1521; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)
Remember that Apple is the only SoC engineering company who has an ARM architectural license. No one else has that capability.
15. rokkitan (Posts: 1; Member since: 03 Apr 2014)
Qualcomm also has an ARM architecture license for their Snapdragon SoCs, as has Nvidia had since 2011 and have announced plans to make a custom core (Project Denver). In September 2013 Broadcom announced it had an architecture license too.
20. express77 (unregistered)
it was arm v8 which made a7 so great. 64 bit was marketing as you say because 4gb ram is needed for it to work. it was arm v8 and apple's optimization that made a7/5s so fast. it would have destroyed the comprtition if apple gave their full effort but greed came in their way. By the way, wasnt there a news that intel was going to make arm chips.
10. grahaman27 (Posts: 349; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)
Yes it was. But apple did make a good chip.
11. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8922; Member since: 14 May 2012)
As much as I like my iPad Mini, I can't stand the lag that comes with the A7 - Apple's best chip to date.
18. Finalflash (Posts: 1901; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)
Your retina mini is lagging? In what conditions is it lagging? I haven't really heard of the new stuff lagging much.
22. networkdood (Posts: 6326; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
My wife has the newest mini..says it is great...
25. ocilfa (Posts: 334; Member since: 03 Aug 2012)
Woah, woah, take it easy! The people around here can barely handle 64-bit.
14. XaErO (Posts: 180; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)
"Android's switch to 64-bit computing is imminent" !!
This will be a huge leap and this shall enable end users to have better, stable, faster Android Experience !!
19. Scott93274 (Posts: 1348; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)
64-bit computing didn't help Apple out all that much with the 5S. I've heard numerous reports for the Blue Screen of Death on the new phone which was never an issue for iPhones before.
27. Scott93274 (Posts: 1348; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)
lol that they do my friend. You can search for it on YouTube.
28. Scott93274 (Posts: 1348; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)
30. elitewolverine (Posts: 2058; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)
Working in tech i have seen it before the a7, as well as boot manager for wp and droids corrupted rom files. In the end it is not the chips fault, but software imo. Though bad hardware can cause this i suppose.