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Chrome for Android is finally going 64-bit, giving it a speed boost in benchmarks

Chrome for Android is finally going 64-bit, giving it a speed boost in benchmarks

The first Android version to support 64-bit architecture was Android 5.0 Lollipop, introduced back in November 2014. Since then, more and more 64-bit processors shipped, and today, virtually all Android devices are capable of running 64-bit software (excluding one or two or more oddballs). However, Google Chrome has never made the jump and is only available in a 32-bit flavor, potentially leading to some unnecessary security and performance degradations. That's finally changing: Starting with Chrome 85, phones running Android 10 and higher will automatically receive a 64-bit version.

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Pokémon Go is dropping support for 32-bit Android phones

Pokémon Go is dropping support for 32-bit Android phones

While Apple phased out the use of 32-bit applications on iOS back in 2017, Google still has millions of 32-bit Android phones and tablets to support. That hasn't stopped some games and applications from dropping 32-bit devices though, and now Pokémon Go is phasing out compatibility with older phones.

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Nvidia's Shield TV dongle can only run 32-bit apps, but you (probably) don't need to panic

Nvidia's Shield TV dongle can only run 32-bit apps, but you (probably) don't need to panic

Late last year, Nvidia released a pair of new Shield TV devices: the tube-shaped Shield TV dongle, and the more traditional Shield TV Pro. It was later discovered that the dongle ran a 32-bit version of Android TV, which caused some to worry about incompatible apps, but you (probably) have nothing to worry about.

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Android Studio will discontinue updates for 32-bit PCs this year

Android Studio will discontinue updates for 32-bit PCs this year

16 years after the first 64-bit x86 processor was released, the PC industry has been taking steps to move away from the older 32-bit architecture. Many popular games and applications are dropping support for 32-bit processors, and Google announced today that 32-bit machines will soon no longer receive Android Studio updates.

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Play Store to phase out 32-bit apps on 64-bit devices by 2021, all new apps from August 1 must be 64-bit

Play Store to phase out 32-bit apps on 64-bit devices by 2021, all new apps from August 1 must be 64-bit

While Apple phased out 32-bit apps on iOS over a year ago, Google has been taking its time — likely because there are still many 32-bit Android phones and tablets still in use. Google announced in December 2017 that 32-bit apps would eventually be phased out on 64-bit devices, and now the company has provided specific dates for the process.

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