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Intel releases 64-bit-optimized KitKat, talks new chips for Chromebooks

Chromebook-friendly 'Braswell' chip also revealed at China conference

At its Developer Forum in China today, Intel reportedly confirmed the release of a version of Android 4.4 KitKat optimized for 64-bit Intel Architecture chips, following up on its recent announcements at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. CNET quotes the company as saying "With this release, the company ported, validated and tested the Android Open Source code on IA [Intel Architecture], taking on the work that developers typically would need to do on their own. This release will provide the ecosystem with 64-bit kernel support for development of next-generation devices."

We got our first look at 64-bit Intel chips running Android back at Mobile World Congress in February, where the developer also announced its new Merrifield and Moorefield CPUs aimed at Google's mobile OS.

The chip giant also unveiled new CPUs for Chromebook and other low-power devices at the conference. Its new "Braswell" architecture will reportedly follow up from Bay Trail and take the form of a system-on-a-chip (similar to the approach used in traditional smartphone processors). Braswell will reportedly be based on a new 14nm manufacturing process, allowing for improved performance and power efficiency.

Source: CNET

Alex was with Android Central for over a decade, producing written and video content for the site, and served as global Executive Editor from 2016 to 2022.

  • Great! As soon at mobile devices go over 4gb of ram and apps are also written 64bit then we'll see a performance difference. Posted via Android Central App
  • Actually, you should see better performance on many apps regardless of memory size. Intel's IA-32 ABI has very few general purpose registers (GPRs). Their x64 ABI add many more GPRs, faster system calls, and other optimizations.
  • Isn't 14 nm the same manufacturing quality of haswell processors?
  • I suspect we should think of it like a low end haswell system on a chip. I'm looking forward to it.
  • Haswell are made on 22nm process, 14nm will be one step ahead of that in power efficiency.
  • So we have the hardware... we have the software... we have rumors of a device.... dun, dun dun! Welcome to the occupation.
  • Bigfoot is real! via moto x.
  • +1 Posted via Android Central App
  • I want results. That's all I'm bothered about Posted via a keyboard? The enter key?
  • Are there any details on upcoming phones with Merrifield?
  • Are there any actual phones running on Intel, other than Old Moto's iRazr? Posted from the (4.2 updated) redheaded stepchild of the Nexii
  • Here's a list: The latest are the 3 Zenfones that Asus showcased at CES but they're running on last year's Intel chips. There are rumors about a Zenfone C (T00Q) which some say is a more powerful version using this year's Merrifield SoC.
  • I have lenovo K900 and didn't even got 4.2.1 to 4.3 .....
    Phew, I have Z1 unlocked too..☺ Posted via Android Central App