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Linux group could hasten 64-bit Android for ARM mobile devices
Posted: 04-Mar-2014 [Source: PC World]

[An open source consortium including Qualcomm, MediaTek and Advanced Micro Devices, Samsung, IBM, ARM Holdings, LG Electronics, Canonical, Nokia, Facebook and Hewlett-Packard, are working to accellerate the release of 64-bit Android.]

Agam Shah -- "Linaro, the open-source development consortium for Linux on ARM architecture, is working on software, tools and drivers that could hasten the release of 64-bit Android.

The move is significant because, apart from Apple’s iPhone 5s, no 64-bit smartphones have been announced, a situation that analysts partly attribute to the lack of 64-bit Android for ARM processors, which are the most widely used in handsets and tablets.

"Clearly, our members want to work together on common Android software for ARMv8 so that when it is released by Google, we can accelerate deployment,” Grey said. One of Linaro’s priorities is making contributions for 64-bit Android, and the organization keeps Google updated on developments.

A slide during Grey’s keynote, which was webcast, mentioned Linaro contributing to the 64-bit Chromium browser for Android and OpenSSL for secure communications. The consortium is also developing reference platforms that could create secure environments for media streaming and other forms of data transfer and communication.

Linaro’s 64-bit Android efforts are focused on Linux kernel contributions associated with the ARMv8 instruction set architecture, used in 64-bit mobile chips announced by member companies Qualcomm, MediaTek and Advanced Micro Devices.

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