Linux group builds 64-bit Android KitKat for ARM developers

2014-May-14 | Tags: androidarm

Start64!Google is being tight-lipped about when the 64-bit version of Android will be released, but Linux development group Linaro has built a version of the open-source operating system so mobile applications can be written and tested by manufacturers and developers rushing to catch up with Apple.

Android smartphones and tablets could be faster with 64-bit hardware and also carry more memory. Device makers are feeling pressure to catch up with Apple, which jumped ahead of the competition by putting its 64-bit A7 processor in the iPhone 5s and iPad Air. Linaro’s Android builds are not full-fledged distributions of the OS, but are system builds meant for developers to write and test applications.

The Linaro development group has tested a version of the 64-bit OS—based on the 32-bit Android 4.4, code-named KitKat—on actual 64-bit ARM chipsets, which are not yet available in Android smartphones and tablets...