We have already talked long and hard about Android and the 64-bit, and it is that Apple opened the way for the new architecture very soon, before even of the leading manufacturers of hardware for mobile devices had prepared still jump.
Many still not will have found you the sense to a jump of architecture that took years to reach personal computers, and even Qualcomm -more interested than anyone in selling chipsets for new invoice- It has taken too long to bring 64-bit solutions Mobile, arguing that the market was not mature for this.
However, and even though Android still has a way to go in this regard, the day has come and the first devices with 64-bit hardware have arisen in society.
Curiously, has been HTC who cat takes to the water, and we say that it is curious because once the Taiwanese were public enemies number one of Qualcomm, after refusing this to provide hardware in their range higher production deficit.
The first step: we already have hardware 64-bit on the market
So yes, all analyses indicated that the first step for the jump of Android to the 64-bit was that the hardware was prepared for it, and that first step is already given with the HTC Desire 820, which will have the honor to brand new chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 615, middle range processor with eight cores running at 1, 5 GHz and which natively support 64-bit.
Will also own the HTC Desire 510 with the Snapdragon 410, chipset this low range, with four cores running at 1.2 GHz and that also come ready to run on 64-bit.
HTC is here with its 64-bit-compatible smartphones, but this movement to the new architecture will need more actors involved, because at the moment, the 510 Desire and Desire 820 will run 32-bit software not be prepared for the Android platform to make the leap.
Android and the 64-bit, for when?
This jump is necessary is done before or after, and with the market evolving so fast, everything suggests that the next version of Android L already offer native 64-bit support, all this despite the fact that the rumors indicate a Nexus of Motorola with 32-bit hardware.
Android must implement a kernel that supports the 64-bit, and adapt a virtual machine that can run software taking party to the new architecture. ART – Android RunTime – this should be, and probably will mean the total abandonment of Dalvik Android L. We will surely see in October.
For users the change will be quite transparent, as it will be for those who do is with an 820 Desire or HTC Desire 510 operating software for 32-bit on 64-bit hardware. It is simply a matter of optimization, Because 64-bit hardware tends to hold 32-bit software.
The move to 64 bits is necessary sooner or later, although improvements are more a matter of optimization and performance than something visible to the end user.
It is clear that there will be a performance enhancement when hardware and software will support the new architecture, especially in operations that involve reading or writing in physical memory, which represents a bottleneck for CPU, since it works much faster than memory and the speed of this type of operations you can bend with new architecture.
It speaks of an overall performance which improves between 30 and 60 per cent Depending on certain factors, in addition to the obvious improvement involved addressing more physical memory.
And you, you think the arrival of the 64-bit useful or it is just a movement of ‘marketing’?