HTC will be the first to market with a 64-bit Android smartphone

qualcommIt’s 2014 – welcome to the era of 64-bit. Google is finally on board with Chrome, and it now looks like Taiwanese manufacturer HTC will be first to market with a 64-bit Android smartphone, as well.

The device is the HTC Desire 820, and it will run the Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 SoC, a powerful octa-core 64-bit processor – the first of its kind in a consumer smartphone. Of course, the real question is: When will app makers and other developers take advantage of the new processor and make 64-bit apps? And how many apps will get broken for who-knows-how-long until the developers are able to fix them? (I’m currently battling with a couple broken extension in my 64-bit version of Chrome; I hope HTC works with Qualcomm to make sure everything is backwards-compatible.

In any case, this looks to be a done deal between Qualcomm and HTC, so hopefully we’ll know more about the phone soon, including a full spec sheet.

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John was the editor-in-chief at Pocketables. His articles generally focus on all things Google, including Chrome and Android, although his love of new gadgets and technology doesn't stop there. His current arsenal includes the Nexus 6 by Motorola, the 2013 Nexus 7 by ASUS, the Nexus 9 by HTC, the LG G Watch, and the Chromebook Pixel, among others.

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