ARM will drop 32-bit support in big Cortex-A cores starting in 2022

08 October 2020
Future big cores will run only 64-bit software. Google stopped accepting 32-bit only apps in mid-2019 in preparation for such a move.

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La, 10 Oct 2020If you want to be stuck in a specific era then go ahead and... moreI bought a phone last year, brand new from cricket, I shouldn't have believed the website saying android 9. I am stuck with 32-bit Android 7, 2gb ram, chad 16 gb storage and a laughable SD 210/212. So, I'm gonna have to upgrade just because my phone can't run 64-bit. I've already lost support for many games and apps, but it also could be from Android version along with my 1.09 GHz clock speed. Cell phone is the Alcatel Verso.

  • Anonymous

Anonymous, 09 Oct 2020Cant imagine how bad the battery life must be on a phone that oldAlso got a Note4 and it'll last a day so that itself invalidates your comment.

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  • La

Adul Al Salami Kebab, 09 Oct 2020Well this sucks for legacy apps, also I want to know why di... moreIf you want to be stuck in a specific era then go ahead and teleport to it while the rest will move on...

Anonymous, 09 Oct 2020Cant imagine how bad the battery life must be on a phone that oldIt has a removable battery so you can buy a new one anytime.

  • Anonymous

KondriX, 09 Oct 2020Why? I still have a Samsung Note 4, and is working absolute... moreCant imagine how bad the battery life must be on a phone that old

PaintNinja, 08 Oct 2020If you're still using a phone from literally over 5 ye... moreWhy? I still have a Samsung Note 4, and is working absolutely fine, with a custom Rom of course. And I see no reason to get rid of it, because all apps run just fine. I really do not understand why people keep changing phones every 1-2 year, especially that nowadays phones are powerful enough to run everything. We became marketing victims, that's all. Although the problem with today's smartphones is the fact that sealed battery, I really hope EU will soon interdict that.

  • Nokolas

About damn time!!!!

  • Adul Al Salami Kebab

Well this sucks for legacy apps, also I want to know why ditch 32bit at all? There are so many brands still shipping phones with 32bit OS despite Googles demand for them to stop... :(

  • Anonymous

Anonymous, 08 Oct 2020Very slow developments from ARM and Google Android Side. ... moreMeanwhile here in reality they are doing great and ios has been plagued with issues. Move along now

  • User7493

Does this affect nvidia shield tube 2019 that is 32bit?

Anonymous, 08 Oct 2020so does older phone get affected? and from which year?Not really.

Even that I've seen some entry-level phones from two years ago that still run android in 32bit mode, this majorly affects app developers. And not even that much as Google (not sure) and Apple already have a mandatory 64 bit only updates and new submissions.

Anonymous, 08 Oct 2020so does older phone get affected? and from which year?If you're still using a phone from literally over 5 years ago then you should really be considering an upgrade anyway.

Literally even a £100 phone from 2020 would be a big upgrade to a £300 one from 2014 in every respect, not just the cpu... Budget phones have come a looong way since then. Plus you'll no longer need to worry about end of support for 32bit as your new cheap phone will have a 64bit cpu inside.

  • Anonymous

Its time to switch to 64bit. In every platform.

  • Anonymous

Very slow developments from ARM and Google Android Side.

Everyone wonders why iOS + Apple vertical integration is superior.

Google will still be 32 bit in 2023, yes 32 bit apps can exist if they are released into Appstore before August 2021.

After August they can't.

And ARM will still carry 32 bit back compatibility baggage till 2023.

This is why RISCV is superior, the Architecture is made in such a way that there is no historical baggage aka the burden of Reverse compatibility built in.

So Future Cores can easily support older system, with minimal changes than wholesale BC layer built in

And Lastly X86 is a big mess, it has 32 bit, 16 bit and 8 bit back compatibility built in, thus wasting precious perfomance.

  • Anonymous

so does older phone get affected? and from which year?