Android’s most popular browser did what it should have done 6 years ago – introduce support for 64-bit architecture. The latest update of Google Chrome, Chrome 85, finally introduces native 64-bit support, allowing for massive gains in performance.
Ever since 64-bit architecture was introduced in Android 5.0 Lollipop, apps have gradually moved to natively support the new architecture. For reasons unknown, Google has refrained from updating the app to 64-bit until now.
According to Android Police, the 64-bit version of Chrome consistently scored better than the 32-bit on Octane 2.0 benchmarks. According to Google’s own Play Store regulations, all apps must update their architecture to 64-bit by August 1, 2021. So it’s not surprising to see Google updating its apps as well, although it still baffles me what took so long, especially with such a popular app like Chrome.
In comparison, iOS stopped supporting 32-bit back in 2017, largely a push forced from the iPhone 6s onwards. Of course since Android is so spread out with multiple manufacturers making hardware for the operating system, such a large-scale move will be harder for Google to pull off without the vertical integration that Apple has.
It will be interesting to see how quickly apps will switch to 64-bit. Even Google still has some legacy apps left to update to the latest architecture.
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