Chrome For Android Is Shifting To 64-bit For Performance Optimization


Google announced in December 2017 that Google Play Store will require new apps and app updates to provide with 64-bit versions in addition to their 32-bit versions to ensure apps are built on latest APIs optimized for security and performance. Almost all Android devices can run 64-bit apps. Now, the 64-bit Chrome for Android is imminent. But, the app only supports Android devices running at least Android 10. Older devices that do not support Android 10 will keep running the 32-bit version of the web browser. If you visit chrome://version on the Chrome Stable (version 83) and Chrome Beta (version 84) for Android, you will notice they are listed as 32-bit applications. However, Chrome Dev (version 85) and Chrome Canary, (version 86) show 64-bit. So, it is certain that the next versions of the browser will switch to 64-bit. 

Android 5.0 Lollipop was the first-ever version to support 64-bit architecture in 2014. Subsequently, most of the Android devices are now fully equipped to run 64-bit software. 64-bit CPUs offer a boost in the overall performance and also lays a solid foundation for innovations and developments. Google’s own rules states that developers whose apps utilize native libraries must have a 64-bit alternative by August 1, 2021 to run on 64-bit only devices, which means the Google will unquestionably need to update Chrome for users besides just those with Android 10 installed.

Although, Google hasn’t made an official announcement, the new 64-bit Chrome for Android is expected to launch for Android 10 devices in late August. Anyone willing to test the 64-bit version of Chrome can do so now. Both Chrome Dev and Chrome Canary are available from the Google Play Store. Right now, the idea is for Chrome 85 to go stable in August, so for those who do not want to install the developer or unstable versions, won’t have to wait too long.

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