Linux Group Could Hasten 64-bit Android For Arm Mobile Devices

Android tops as tablets go mainstream

The consortium is also developing reference platforms that could create secure environments for media streaming and other forms of data transfer and communication. Linaros 64-bit Android efforts are focused on Linux kernel contributions associated with the ARMv8 instruction set architecture, used in 64-bit mobile chips announced by member companies Qualcomm, MediaTek and Advanced Micro Devices. Linaro members also include Samsung, IBM, ARM Holdings, LG Electronics, Canonical, Nokia, Facebook and Hewlett-Packard. The 64-bit version of Android could pave the way for faster handsets. But it is not clear if smartphone makers will release 64-bit handsets first, or if Google will announce a 64-bit OS.

Android tops as tablets go mainstream: report

The raw number of iPads sold climbed more than nine million to a total of 70.4 million. Meanwhile, the portion of sales grabbed by tablets running on Google-back Android rose to 61.9% last year from 45.8% in 2012, according to Gartner. In 2013, tablets became a mainstream phenomenon, with a vast choice of Android-based tablets being within the budget of mainstream consumers while still offering adequate specifications, Gartner research director Roberta Cozza said in a release. Apple continues to rule the high-end of the market with iPads, but low-cost Android tablets appeal to buyers with slim budgets in emerging markets, according to Gartner. California-based Apples compelling ecosystem of music, games, films, and other digital content and services for mobile devices has rivals under pressure to provide similar experiences on tablets, Cozza said. Apple remained the top tablet seller, but sales of Android devices by second-place Samsung more than quadrupled last year to 37.4 million, according to Gartner.

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