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64-bit custom ROM support now available for the Moto G4 Plus

The Moto G4 Plus can now be flashed with a 64-bit custom ROM.
The Moto G4 Plus can now be flashed with a 64-bit custom ROM.
The Moto G4 Plus can now get 64-bit custom ROMs thanks to the fine folks at XDA. Except for the system server process, all other processes now run in native 64-bit code.

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XDA Recognized Developer, Dreamstar, has released 64-bit packages for the Moto G4 Plus. This follows in close heels to a similar development by another XDA Recognized Developer, vache, for the Moto G5 Plus. The smartphones originally launched with 32-bit OSs despite their CPUs supporting 64-bit code.

The developer has posted instructions for installing the 64-bit device tree, kernel tree, vendor tree, and 64-bit TWRP along with a download link for 64-bit Lineage OS 15.1, which is based on Android Oreo 8.1. He notes that while most processes run in 64-bit mode, the system server process (app_process) runs in 32-bit as running it in 64-bit caused some problems with the phone's sensors. The move to 64-bit should, at least theoretically, offer better resource management, energy efficiency, and better performance.

Making the switch to a 64-bit OS will greatly benefit users as more and more apps go in the way of 64-bit. Like Apple, Google would eventually require all apps to be 64-bit in the Play Store to ensure security and performance. Also, it enables installation of the Google Camera HDR+ port, which is known to greatly improve the camera quality even on not-so great smartphone cameras. The custom ROM scene is part of what adds versatility to Android and it is great to see such development in this area. Incidentally, this achievement by the developer in porting the 64-bit libraries to the Moto G4 Plus coincides with the one year anniversary of LineageOS, which started right from where the popular CyanogenMod left off.

Be aware that the 64-bit support is currently work-in-progress and you might run in to a few hiccups along the way. It is always recommended to check the developer's thread thoroughly before attempting to flash the ROM.

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Though a cell and molecular biologist by training, I have been drawn towards computers from a very young age ever since I got my first PC in 1998. My passion for technology grew quite exponentially with the times, and it has been an incredible experience from being a much solicited source for tech advice and troubleshooting among family and friends to joining Notebookcheck in 2017 as a professional tech journalist. Now, I am a Lead Editor at Notebookcheck covering news and reviews encompassing a wide gamut of the technology landscape for Indian and global audiences. When I am not hunting for the next big story or taking complex measurements for reviews, you can find me unwinding to a nice read, listening to some soulful music, or trying out a new game.
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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 2017-12-27 (Update: 2017-12-27)