If you are not up to speed, on October 14th, Google will be hosting the 2013 Big Bang event and it is expected that the highlights of the event will be the launch of the company’s newest Android operating system version 4.4 KitKat which is a major upgrade from the relatively new Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and the launch of the company’s next Nexus smartphone, Nexus 5. What is news now, though, is a developing story that the newest version of Android will actually have support for 64-bit architecture.
Already, some features of the upcoming operating system are known online (read them here) and specs and features of the next Nexus, whose design and built is based on LG’s flagship smartphone G2, have also been revealed in a leaked press image (read more here or check out the rumor roundup here).
Last week, Apple announced that iPhone 5S would be launching with 64-bit support, leading the way in the new development that appears to be the next big development in the smartphone industry. A photo taken during an Intel Developer Forum reveals that the 64-bit support is a feature Google may be working on to make it a future enhancement on Android.
The image did not have either the words ‘KitKat’ nor the KitKat image on it but the presentation was ‘Enhancements on Android’ meaning that there is a high chance the next version of Android brings these features and enhancements. This development comes just days after we learnt that Samsung will launch a 64-bit processor soon. Samsung is the largest and leading Android device manufacturer at the moment, it is not a coincidence that their processor (probably in the Exynos family) will come just as Android 4.4 KitKat appears.
The image, if indeed it is genuine, also reveals that Android 4.4 KitKat will bring a ton of new changes to Android including a Highly Tuned Dalvik Runtime, optimized drivers and firmware, app porting and optimization and NDK Apps Bridging Technology which are designed to speed up application execution hence making devices faster and more responsive.
If Android 4.4 KitKat brings support for 64-bit architecture processing, device manufacturers can then make devices that can take advantage of this to run applications in 64-bit mode. Current devices will not get 64-bit processing support via an update.