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Android 4.4 KitKat could offer 64-bit support

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The upcoming Android update could offer 64-bit support next to the usual optimizations.
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Google already mentioned that Android 4.4 KitKat will arrive soon and only the minor details need to be uncovered at this time. Next to the day of release, another part that needs confirmation is the 64-bit support that should have been offered by Google's Android already.

Linux forms the basis of Android and it introduced 64-bit support back in 2004. Today, the Intel Bay Trail Atom chips feature full support for 64-bit operating systems. Since the first tablets using these chips are already showing up, it is only a matter of time until Android adds 64-bit support.

Apple's iOS 7 just added 64-bit support and, as first benchmarks show, the iPhone performs now much better than before. This is another reason for Google to catch up and finally bring 64-bit support to Android.

In addition to the above, this year's Intel Developer Forum revealed one major tendency - Intel is slowly shifting its focus towards Android and Chrome OS, leaving Microsoft's Windows behind.

While Google did not confirm it yet, the image from IDF 2013 showing "Enhancements on Android" makes it clear - Android 4.4 KitKat may be the first 64-bit version of Google's mobile operating system or the last one still stuck in a 32-bit world.

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Codrut Nistor - Senior Tech Writer - 5435 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2013
In my early school days, I hated writing and having to make up stories. A decade later, I started to enjoy it. Since then, I published a few offline articles and then I moved to the online space, where I contributed to major websites that are still present online as of 2021 such as Softpedia, Brothersoft, Download3000, but I also wrote for multiple blogs that have disappeared over the years. I've been riding with the Notebookcheck crew since 2013 and I am not planning to leave it anytime soon. In love with good mechanical keyboards, vinyl and tape sound, but also smartphones, streaming services, and digital art.
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Codrut Nistor, 2013-09-20 (Update: 2013-09-21)