With the advent of Android 5.0 Lollipop in 2014, Google introduced support for the 64-bit architecture. As you might know, in 2014 a majority of Android smartphones ran on 32-bit processors. However, that is not the case in 2020. A majority of Android smartphones and tablets now run on 64-bit processors and they are capable of running 64-bit applications and games.
Google has now decided that by 2021 it will stop the installation of 32-bit apps on 64-bit Android devices. This decision will offer drastic improvements in the performance department as applications will now be able to use the hardware resources of a smartphone to its full potential.
Unfortunately, Google’s own Chrome web browser for Android is only available in a 32-bit version. Luckily, that is going to change soon as starting with Chrome 85, Android smartphone running on Android 10.0 will automatically receive an update to the 64-bit version of Chrome.
64-Bit Google Chrome For Android Coming In 2021
As mentioned above, the newer version of Google Chrome for Android will be a full-fledged 64-bit application. The 64-bit application will offer drastic improvements in the performance and security department. According to the Octane 2.0 benchmarks, the 64-bit version always had better results than the 32-bit version of Google Chrome.
As you might know benchmarks never really translate into real-world usage. Consequently, the 64-bit Google Chrome will offer major performance enhancements. The first build of Chrome 85 will launch in late August of 2020.
It is worth noting that, as of now only 8% of Android smartphones across the globe run on Android 10.0. Consequently, the transition from the 32-bit application ecosystem to 64-bit applications will take some time.
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