It’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.[G for Games]