Say what you will about the actual benefits 64-bit processing delivers, how hardware isn’t anywhere near ready to take full advantage of such silicon, and we’re only getting ahead of ourselves: when Apple confirmed the 64-bit A7 for the iPhone 5S, it made 64-bit support something shoppers are going to start looking for, tangible improvements be damned. We’ve already seen responses from other OEMs, like when Samsung talked about its own 64-bit ambitions last week. Now we’re getting a sign that Android could soon be getting the platform-level support it will need for future 64-bit hardware, teased by Intel at a recent developer’s conference.
Now, we’re not sure how much faith to give the claim that arrived alongside the image up top, that Android 4.4 KitKat could be the release to deliver 64-bit support, but if work towards this effort has really been ongoing for the better part of this year, as we’ve also heard, it’s not that inconceivable that the feature could be nearly ready to go.
Of course, even with the software in place we’d still need the phones or tablets with the requisite 64-bit chips, but one thing at a time, right?