One of the little known facts about the HTC Desire 510 is that it's the first Android handset with a processor (Qualcomm Snadragon 410 using ARM Cortex A53 design) capable of supporting 64-bit computing. So what exactly is 64-bit and why should you care?
Well, at least for right now.. it kind of doesn't matter.
Android is a 32-bit operating system so a 64-bit processor on a device is pointless since the software can't utilize it. The good news is that the next major release of Android, dubbed Android L will supposedly support 64-bit processors. In fact Google posted last week that a 64-bit emulator was available for developers, but only for Intel x86.
So, when the stars align and Android supports 64-bit architecture, it will bring some immediate benefits in terms of performance and memory management to users as explained by Nvidia's Nick Stam:
Nearly all mainstream and high-end consumer notebook and desktop CPUs transitioned to 64-bit many years ago, and for good reason-- they afford higher performance for applications coded to use the 64-bit features, and larger memory addressing for the operating system and multiple applications.
For Android, the story is not simply 64-bit, but really more about the new ARMv8 Architecture. In addition to enabling 64-bit applications, ARMv8 brings a host of improvements in power efficiency as well as performance that have a direct and significant impact on nearly every 32-bit Android application in the market today.
Google announced at this year's I/O conference that the next version of Android – "L" - will offer 64-bit CPU support. In fact, NVIDIA is already developing L on our 64-bit Tegra K1 mobile processor, which includes our custom-designed Denver CPU.
Denver is an amazing CPU - and the first 64-bit CPU for Android. It completely outpaces the other ARM mobile offerings. Each Denver core is a 7-way superscalar processor internally– rather than 3-way seen in many ARM-based chips - and with much larger caches. Denver is the highest performance mobile ARM CPU ever created – it's designed for the highest single CPU throughput and will be coming to devices later this year."
Better performance and better memory management really boils down to the device becoming more efficient, which means better battery life and a smoother UI. While it remains to be seen in a real world environment what 64-bit can really do, it's great to know that your unassuming Desire 510 is one of the first (believe actually THE first) Android devices that is future proofed to take advantage of this next generation processor technology. Now once the application developers catch up (and provided the Desire moves to Android L!), we'll really be flying!
Until next time,
The Product Ambassador Team
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