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Intel’s 64 bit Bay Trail chip launching with Android tablets next year

Intel Bay Trail

While Samsung appears to be all set to launch the first ever 64 bit Android device, it seems like chip maker Intel isn’t far behind either. Talking during the company’s investors meet in Santa Clara, the CEO of Intel Brian Krzanich claimed that Intel Bay Trail based 64 bit Android tablets will be launched in 2014 shortly after Windows 8.1 powered tablets are launched in the first quarter of next year.

Tablets with these chipsets would apparently cost a lot less compared to the Apple iPad, with prices running as low as $150 according to the CEO. This certainly means that Intel is looking to join hands with low end hardware manufacturers as well, which is good news. The company is apparently working on a version of the chipset which is compatible with Android 4.4 KitKat.

While Intel based chipsets have shown promise, the developer support has been very limited from what we’ve seen over the last two years. But if they manage to work their way around apps on Android and gain the developers’ support, then there’s no stopping Intel. We can hope to have the new breed of Bay Trail based Android tablets by the first half of 2014.

Source: PC World

Via: Cult of Android

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  1. Apple’s shipping 64 bit tablets & smart phones now. Don’t count your chickens before they hatch. Android 64 ain’t coming in 2014. Don’t hold your breath. There’s a lot of complexity to overcome. And maybe some patent and copyright issues too. And we know how Google thinks they shouldn’t pay for anything.

  2. Apple beats Intel to 64 bit mobile by months! And Apple’s not innovating.
    Apple beats Google to 64 bit OS. And Apple’s not innovating.
    Apple’s pumping out 64 bit ready apps. And Apple’s not innovating.

    Maybe next year, Intel & Google will out innovate Apple by going 64 bit. Maybe!

    Or will they both sit there and eat Apple’s dust? Most likely.

  3. Apple’s OS already has an advantage: it’s 64 bit optimized with its own processor! Oh, and did I forget an SDK too. It will be six months or longer for the chip and even longer for Android to get optimized for it. Lots of effort with little promise of return on it. Isn’t that what Intel wants- to work for free.

  4. It’s hard to fathom why Android vendors are able to make everything far less expensive than Apple can. One might think that with Apple’s supposed economies of scale, Apple could do a lot better with lower pricing. I wonder if Apple’s economies of scale is real or just a myth. A $150 64-bit Android tablet is just amazing when Apple is charging around $400 for one. There’s just no way Apple can ever defeat Android with such a huge disparity of pricing. At that sort of price difference Android OS will definitely have 95% global mobile market share in its control within a period of a couple of more years.

    The fragmentation will be immense with plenty of Android devices being left behind when the conversion to 64-bit processors takes place on the Android platform. However, almost nobody will care as long as new products are low-cost. Only Apple will be the big loser while Android devices gain even more market share. All the R&D Apple spent on developing the 64-bit A7 will go to waste as Intel sells 64-bit processors to Android manufacturers for practically nothing just to gain market share against ARM. Google will definitely get a 64-bit Android OS ready as soon as possible at any cost to make sure Apple’s iOS doesn’t have any advantage over the Android platform. Google’s only goal with Android is to ruin Apple’s core mobile hardware business and it’s been working well so far.

  5. Mmmm… 64 bit chips have been around for some time now. It does no good if your software isn’t optimized for to take advantage of it. Good luck getting Android 64 bit optimized anytime soon.

    You think there’s fragmentation now, wait until this is attempted. Errors galore!

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