Android 4.4 KitKat could support 64-bit processors, but do we really need?


live time of technological change, technological developments which starts running without brakes and is sometimes even excessive. It seems that some things are done like crazy, meaningless, and has lost a bit the concept of trying to meet needs with great ideas or values ​​provide really useful. The hot topic in the power of smartphones are 64-bit processors , which could come soon to Android. But do we really need?

Last week Intel held its annual developer conference. During his course showed a slide that left us all intrigued, showing an image of 64-bit processors as one of the next developments to which it would support Android. And if Intel provides 64-bit chips, android must provide support for 64-bit chips , one can not live without the other.

The issue processors 64 bits began to speak since Apple last week submit their new iPhone 5S with this type of chips. Samsung took very little to answer and announce that you will also have 64-bit chips for its upcoming smartphones, think not fall behind. And of course Intel has plans and is fully prepared to make this type of chips for mobile devices.

What about the procesadoresde 64 bits? Why the move? Do we need this kind of chips for our smartphones? Are we going to bring benefits?

certainly is controversial, and sure there are many opinions. The first thing to keep in mind is that one of the great advantages of 64-bit processor is the ability to handle RAM a device . With 32-bit processors so good to just over 3GB of RAM, although this limit varies by system, while the limit of RAM that can handle smoothly 64-bit processor is practically infinite, as it is of 16 000 million GB.

Some systems such as Linux include PAE Physical Address Extension, which allows a system to access more than 4GB of RAM even though theoretically it should not. Since Android is based on Linux, Google does not yet need to launch a 64-bit operating system. However, PAE is nothing more than a patch, not a solution.

That is, there is no real way to take advantage of one of the biggest advantages of a 64-bit if you are not going to used for devices with more than 3 GB of RAM, and smartphones now living well with those amounts. It is also a snake biting its tail, as it is not there to put a 64-bit chip to put more than 4GB of RAM, is that 64 bits are required when you need to put more than 4GB of RAM, and as for now not need as much RAM on a smartphone, do not need a 64-bit .

Of course it is not the only advantage, and 64-bit processor potentially doubles the computing speed of a 32-bit , a very useful and powerful and advanced video editing, an application that is not yet necessary from smartphones. But even this speed is limited by RAM. The processing speed of a 64-bit chip is very useful with large amounts of RAM, but if you only have 2GB of memory to be stored in this RAM has to be removed too quickly and end just making processes slower of what could be.

In conclusion, it is still early to take advantage of 64-bit processors , but this does not mean they do not have sense to begin support. In a not too distant future and especially seeing the pace of mobile devices, will be normal for the PC end giving way to smartphones hybrid can work for all, and 64-bit processors with large amounts of RAM are required and useful. Android is good go and support these 64 bits , because maybe in not much we can see such mobile devices, but for now the 64 bits are too much for a smartphone as we know it.

Google is close to unveiling its new Nexus, and they always come with a new version of Android . Both are expected to see the light next October 14 , so we wait to see what happens eventually with all this.

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Android 4.4 KitKat could support 64-bit processors, but do we really need?
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September 18, 2013

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