64-bit Android smartphone might not come until later this year or in early 2015

Samsung and other Android handset manufacturers pull back from releasing a 64-bit smartphone
Apple might have surprised its rivals by stuffing a 64-bit A7 chip into the Apple iPhone 5s. Right away, there was talk that next-gen Android models would also use a 64-bit architecture. But despite those lofty expectations, the word is that Samsung and other Android manufacturers have pulled back on the idea of a 64-bit mobile CPU powering Google's open source OS. According to media reports out of Korea, one problem is that Android does not fully support the 64-bit silicon, although Google is said to be working on resolving some of the problems.

The other problem revolves around the D-RAM market. Costs of producing mobile D-RAM memory has been on the rise and the Korean media is reporting that to produce the kind of D-RAM memory required to support a 64-bit mobile CPU, chip makers would be forced to revamp production lines. This would lead to delays and low yields (initially, at least). Prices would rise even further.

According to industry insiders, we could be looking at later this year or some time in 2015 before a 64-bit Android model is available.

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source: ETNews (translated) via GforGames

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