August 27, 2014, 2:16 PM — Apple stole a march on Android when it released the iPhone 5S with a 64-bit processor, and Android manufacturers have put the pedal to the metal in a race to catch up and make their products 64-bit. AnandTech reports that HTC has announced the Desire 510, its first 64-bit Android phone.
According to AnandTech:
While normally one might expect high end phones to get the latest and greatest features first, this time we see a bit of a surprising reversal. The Desire 510 is HTC's first 64-bit phone, and the first announced device with Snapdragon 410.
As this phone ships with Android 4.4 it's likely that it is running in AArch32 mode only, with AArch64 coming with Android L. The display is a 4.7" size, with FWVGA resolution (854x480) which makes for a rather low 208 DPI. This will be the cheapest LTE phone in HTC's product line, and also has support for a Dot View case.
Image credit: AnandTech
I'm glad to see a 64-bit phone from HTC, but there's something quite odd about their official announcement of the Desire 510. Nowhere in it does it mention a 64-bit processor and that strikes me as very strange. Wouldn't most potential customers consider a 64-bit processor as an attraction to purchase the Desire 510? But HTC didn't even mention it beyond saying that the phone comes with an "ultra-fast processor."
I did a little digging and found a PC World article that may explain why HTC isn't touting the Desire 510's 64-bit processor:
According to PC World:
The most interesting part of the Desire 510’s specification is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor, which is 32-bit and 64-bit capable. The version used by HTC has four ARM Cortex-A53 cores running at 1.2GHz.
It’s unclear if the Desire 510 will be able to take advantage of the 64-bit capability and what the performance improvements would be, if any. The 510 uses 32-bit for now, and HTC doesn’t know if it will be upgraded to 64-bit in the future, a spokeswoman said via email. This uncertainty is likely the reason why HTC doesn’t even mention 64-bit support in the company’s blog post about the product. A 64-bit version of Android is expected to arrive before the end of the year.
So PC World also noticed the omission in the product announcement. I can't imagine HTC not allowing for an upgrade to 64-bit Android when it becomes available. I'd be furious if I bought an HTC Desire 510 and then was permanently stuck with 32-bit software without the option to use 64-bit.
Anyway, we'll just have to wait and see what HTC does about this.
Samsung previews the Galaxy Note 4
Samsung has released an ad that offers a preview of its upcoming Galaxy Note 4.
Hat tip: Go Android
The focus on handwriting is definitely cool, but I'm not sure how much of an attraction it is for most users. I rarely write anything by hand these days, it's much faster to dictate or thumb type when using a phone or tablet.
But I'm sure there are some users out there who will love the handwriting features that the Galaxy Note 4 has to offer. I'm probably just not one of them.
Next month's product announcements
September will be a big month for product announcements and an Android redditor asks which announcement you are looking forward to the most.
According to Reddit:
Which product announcement are you looking forward to the most next month?
iPhone 6? Moto X+1? New Nexus tablet and phone?
The new iPad Air and the Moto X+1. I love my Nexus 7 but the screen is too small and I am not particularly fond of its idle battery life. Moto X+1: Don't really like the OnePlus One. It has a terrible radio. I hope the X+1 delivers on the battery life and camera front.
It might surprise you to know that the product announcement that interests me the most isn't an Android phone or tablet, nor is it an iOS product. I am keenly interested in knowing about Amazon's next generation Kindle Paperwhite ereader.
I am a compulsive reader, and I love my second generation Kindle Paperwhite. But I am burning with curiosity to find out what Amazon's next generation Paperwhite will have to offer. Alas, there haven't been any leaks beyond an old article from last year on TechCrunch. I liked what I saw in that article, but updated information would be welcome indeed.
It grieves me that the Kindle Paperwhite - which runs on a modified version of Android - is not considered leak-worthy in the way that a new Nexus phone or tablet is in the tech press. I've looked all over the place and I just can't find any recent stories about the next Kindle Paperwhite's features.
What's your take on all this? Tell me in the comments below.
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