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?