Nexus 8: Android 4.5/5.0 Lollipop to be 64-Bit Compatible?

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Android 4.5 Android 5.0 LollipopAndroid 4.5/5.0 ‘Lollipop’ might still have a long way to go before hitting the official route, but that doesn’t mean that we are completely blank about the Android KitKat’s successor. In a leak that has surfaced just recently, it ‘s pretty clear that the next version of the Android OS is going to have native support for 64-bit architecture.

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Android Lollipop might have compatibility for 64bit architecture

According to the latest tip received by the folks over at AndroidPolice, the highly rumoured Nexus 8 tablet is going to pack in a 64-bit NVIDIA Logan processor of the Tegra K1 range. In other words, Android is now catching up with the iOS in the system architecture department and is now going to be offering native support for 64-bit architecture. Interestingly though, a 64-bit architecture is actually useful only when the device in question has RAM that exceeds 4GB of memory, whereas the Nexus 8 tablet, which was shown by AndroidPolice’s report, possesses only 2GB of RAM. Which means that either this report is a fake, made by someone who has had too much time on his hands or Google is simply playing it safe by going with 64-bit for future generation devices, and keeping possibilities open for the manufacturers. Our money is on the latter.

As far as general performance goes, you shouldn’t expect any significant changes in Android 4.5/Android 5.0 overnight, since there wouldn’t be many apps right off the hook, that would be coded efficiently to take advantage of the new architecture. However, for what it’s worth, at least Google’s native apps will come with support for 64-bit architecture; so there’s that. Even so, it is still a good move by Google since, it is now only a matter of time when Android based devices jump to the 4GB barrier (Note 3 et al already has 3GB RAM) and when that finally happens, Android as an operating system would be ready to welcome the change. It would be too soon to say whether this is Google prepping up for Android Silver program or not.

While we’re happy that stars have finally begun to align for the much rumoured Nexus 8, I think it is time for us to embrace the fact that a Nexus 10 2 2014 doesn’t seem to be happening. Because if it would have had been, we would have had seen at least one solid leak to support the argument by now.

Make sure to let us know in the Comments’ Section below, whether you want the Android 4.5/5.0 to shift to the 64-bit architecture just yet or not. Also on a side note, do you think ‘Lollipop’ is an apt name for the next iteration of Android series? Make sure to let your opinion count!

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Source: AndroidPolice