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Linux group builds 64-bit Android KitKat for ARM developers

Agam Shah | May 14, 2014
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.

"AOSP is early access to the next version of Android although it won't have the functionality and user interface of the final product," Grey said.

The emulator on 32-bit platforms isn't as good as testing code on actual 64-bit ARM hardware, but it's better than nothing, Grey said.

"Obviously it's slow ... but it's possible to complete a lot of the Linaro development," Grey said.

Intel has already demonstrated a 64-bit version of Android 4.4, but for its x86 processors. Only a handful of smartphones and tablets use x86 processors, and the Intel build is a preview release of "pre-alpha quality," according to Intel's open-source website.

 

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