October 1, 2022

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Android will no longer support 32-bit apps next year

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Android will no longer support 32-bit apps next year



 

Android will no longer support 32-bit apps next year.

Last week, Google officially released Android 13 and was the first to push the system update to Pixel devices, and other OEMs will follow this latest system and push updates to their devices later this year.

 

Android will no longer support 32-bit apps next year

 

Recently, Mishaal Rahman found an interesting commit in the Android 13 code repository – “Move tangor to 64-bit only”.

According to this commit, it seems that Google’s upcoming Pixel tablet will only support 64-bit Android apps.

 

Tangor is the codename for the Google Pixel tablet, which Google announced at its I/O conference in May this year, and will be officially on sale in 2023.

 

Android will no longer support 32-bit apps next year

 

In addition to finding that 32-bit apps are not supported on the Pixel tablets coming out next year, Mishaal Rahman also found another commit (above) that mentions that it won’t work on devices with Android U (Android 14) or higher.

Typeface for running 32-bit applications.

This commit also suggests that 64-bit-only support may become a regular feature on Android 14.

It also seems to convey that next year’s Pixel tablet is more of a first test to drop 32-bit apps early.

 

At present, the application ecosystem of Google Play is very complete in supporting 64-bit, and any application written entirely in Java or Kotlin has automatically obtained 64-bit compatibility from the system.

And Google stipulated as early as 2019 that as long as natively developed applications are listed on Google Play, they need to provide 64-bit versions, so now all applications basically have 64-bit versions.

 

As for hardware, every SoC today also supports 64-bit applications, and some of these flagship SoCs are actually reducing their ability to run 32-bit code.

ARM, which dominates SoCs, also hopes that the 2023 flagship SoC design will completely drop support for 32-bit applications.

 

In contrast to Google’s competitors, since Apple controls the software and hardware of the iPhone/iPad, Apple can better manage the devices it manufactures, so the iPhone/iPad has only supported 64-bit applications since 2017.

 

Due to the particularity of the Chinese market, Google’s 64-bit application requirements only apply to applications in Google Play.

At present, there are still a large number of 32-bit applications in the domestic market that have not been eliminated, and even some applications still only support 32-bit, and are not optimized and compatible for 64-bit.

 



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