July 29, 2014

Intel unveils 64-bit kernel for Android 4.4 KitKat

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Intel has officially announced that they have completed early work on an Android 4.4 KitKat kernel that support a 64-bit architecture.

With this release, the company ported, validated and tested the Android Open Source code on [Intel Architecture], taking on the work that developers typically would need to do on their own. This release will provide the ecosystem with 64-bit kernel support for development of next-generation devices.

Whilst this doesn’t mean that we’ll start to see 64-bit Android devices anytime soon, it does mean that as soon as Google provide full Android support for 64-bit, that Intel will be ready to support it on their chips.

Intel isn’t the first to support 64-bit, with ARM already releasing their support for the architecture as early as November of last year, and Qualcomm releasing their Snapdragon 410 based on their specification.

Perhaps Google I/O will reveal Google’s plans on fully supporting 64-bit?

[Intel]