Google launched the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro phones earlier this month and according to the company’s CEO, Sundar Pichai, the smartphones received a great response, as the phones brought many first things like camera tricks that use artificial intelligence and machine learning to fix photos.
The recently launched flagship phones became the first Android smartphones to support 64-bit applications only, and below we show how this standard will help consumers.
Google began offering 64-bit support in 2014 and later announced policy changes in 2017, and Google made Google Play apps to provide 64-bit support starting in 2019, and the standard reduces memory usage, improves performance, and enhances security, and Google says: “Over time, We expect the configuration of this device to become commonplace.”
All 64-bit applications run faster because they have access to additional logs and instructions not available to 32-bit applications, and Google says the newer CPUs in its Pixel 7 series smartphones offer up to 25% better performance when running 64-bit code.
All 64-bit applications have more address space, which makes “defenses like ASLR more efficient and spare bits can be used to protect the integrity of the control flow,” this essentially reduces the chance of a hacker taking control of the device and ultimately helping improve security.
Less memory usage
The average user usually has many apps running in the background, and Google says removing Android to support 32-bit code saves up to 150MB of RAM, which the operating system was using even when 32-bit apps aren’t running, and results in Memory saving Reduce the number of times apps are killed in the background.
Faster OS updates for sellers
The company says that 64-bit hardware-only configurations cut the Compatibility Test Set (CTS) test time in half, meaning it will take OEMs to deliver updates to their devices faster and easier.
Better tools for developers
Developers targeting 64-bit have access to better tools that help them improve app quality and provide better app support to consumers, and “Thanks to the efforts and collaboration of the entire Android community, our ecosystem is ready.” Serban Constantinescu, Product Manager, said in a blog post that the transformation of devices Android to 64-bit only requires many changes across platform, tools, launch, and of course your apps.
The company asked developers to start “paying extra attention to testing their apps and updates for 64-bit devices only,” and only 32-bit devices will continue to support apps on Android Go, Android TV and Android Wear.