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Google releases 64-bit Android L developer preview emulator

While 64-bit processors are now commonplace in laptops and desktop computers, they are only just starting to make an appearance in smartphones and tablets. The numbers are only going to increase, and to help developers test drive their 64-bit apps, Google has released the x86 64-bit Android L developer preview emulator image.

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Developers, get ready to emaulte your 64-bit apps! / © ANDROIDPIT

There are a number of benefits associated with 64-bit processors, including not only new instruction sets and increased addressable memory space, but also a larger number of registers. For apps that have been built with Java, there's nothing that needs to be done – the extra features are automatically available.

The emulator image is available to download from the Android Developer website but it could be a little while before we see a large number of apps that take full advantage of 64-bit processors. There's still no official word on when Android L will launch, but it is likely to be hot on the tails of the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 that are expected to launch in the next week or so.

Are you looking forward to working with a new breed of 64-bit apps on your Android phone and tablet?

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  • ljhaye Oct 11, 2014 Link to comment

    Apple's iOS devices have been on 64 bit architecture for over a year and are now on gen 2 (impressive). 64 bit is great also for data encryption and that was Apple's motivation when designing Apple Pay .

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