Google Adds Intel x64 Support To Android Emulator; ARMv8 Support Still Missing

2014-Oct-09 | Tags: androidarmemulatorgoogle

Start64!Today, Google added the 64-bit Intel images (Windows, Mac OS X and Linux) to its Android emulator, signaling the fact that developers can now start testing their Android apps for 64-bit Intel-based devices. The support for x64 chips will increase the amount of addressable memory (devices will be able to use more than 3 GB of RAM), and developers will get access to more registers.

If this doesn't sound particularly interesting, it's because it's not the "64-bit platform" most were expecting. With merely a week before Google is supposed to launch Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 running Android L, it's a little strange that the company hasn't added support for the 64-bit ARMv8 platform.