“We are able too,” says Samsung in in response to Apple’s latest iPhone, Samsung announce its next smartphones will have 64-bit processing.
Apple announced the release of its iPhone 5s on 11th of September, 2013 with the Cupertino firm touting it as the first smartphone to include a 64-bit processor, meaning the iPhone just got a whole lot more powerful. Samsung on the other side, in response to that, did not remain silent about it plans but had to let us know theirs is on the way too.
Samsung’s mobile business chief Shin Jong-kyun told The Korea Times: “Not in the shortest time. But yes, our next smartphones will have 64-bit processing functionality.”
It is raising hot debate in the mobile world whether 64-bit processing power is really needed in smartphones; where phones will have more than 4GB of RAM. No one could ever have expected this in the past few years, but it looks like the next technological race in smartphones is going to revolve around creating smartphone processors that are capable of 64-bit processing with bigger RAMs, powerful devices just as PCs. With only the Galaxy Note 3 coming close with its 3GB of RAM is one clear indication that, it will not take long before it becomes real.
At some point High RAM might not be so great beneficial to faster code processing but will still be useful seeing that the current Mobile OSes rely on high RAM usage, Android 4.2 or higher being a good example.
Prof Alan Woodward, from the University of Surrey’s computing department, is of first people to air their views on Apples short-term switch to 64-bit. As he explains, “People who have the old 32-bit processors will not be able to run software that is built specifically for the 64-bit processors because the latter uses a different instruction set,” He argues that, “However, if people write in 32-bit, it will run on many of the 64-bit processors because they still support the old instruction set. So, you can get the whole market by writing the app in 32-bits, but you can only get a very small part of the market if you write specifically for 64-bits.”
At least when sales of the 64 bit devices do grow, creator of video games and software to make 3D-animations might be among the first developers to make the switch since their programs are among the most processor-intensive and thus most likely to see the biggest benefit.
Market wise, Samsung sees that Apple is making an aggressive push into China. Therefore, Shin addressed Apple’s intentions to increase its footprint in China and Japan market. “Samsung understands that Apple intends to boost its mobile business in China, as well as in Japan, meaning that we should try harder in these countries.”
In conclusion, Samsung wants to assure its customers that even the app developers weren’t ready for this new switch. Of cause it will take time to start programming compatible apps for the new device. To watch compatibility problems over 32/64 bit, Samsung will bring forth a 64-bit smartphone but with style. What do you think?