Apple beat its rivals to the punch by launching the iPhone 5s, iPad Air and Retina iPad mini late last year, all their mobile devices are powered by the company’s 64-bit A7 processor. The 64-bit race is now on, with a lot of companies now manufacturing their own chips that are going to debut soon, in a couple of months in fact. During the company’s earnings conference call with analysts, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich commented that 64-bit Android tablets will be launched by next quarter, these tablets will be powered by Intel’s latest Atom Bay Trail processor.
Bay Trail was originally focused on Windows, with the processors being largely restricted to Windows 8.1 devices, however the company shifted its focus to Android devices mid-development. This is one of the reasons why 64-bit Android devices powered by Intel’s processors have to face a delay in being released to the market. The company first demonstrated 64-bit Android powered by Bay Trail in November 2013. Bay Trail happens to be the first processor with 64-bit editions that are geared towards tablets, 64-bit support not only improves performance, but also ramps up security. It has already made its mark on desktop and server machines, and it was only a matter of time before it entered the mainstream mobile market.