It’s been about 5 years since Apple switched to 64-bit-only support in iOS 11. However, Android still supports legacy 32-bit apps. However, we now have news that Google is in the process of moving to 64-bit only, and last year’s Android 12 was the first version to support those builds. Although there has been no switch with the recently released Android 13, Google is apparently working on a 64-bit version of the OS for the upcoming Pixel Tablet. According to Mishaal Rahman, Google is currently only testing a 64-bit build of Android 13 for a device codenamed Tangor. For those who don’t know, it’s the codename for the upcoming Pixel tablet that was unveiled at Google I/O 2022 earlier this year.
If this really happens, then the Pixel Tablet will be one of the first Android devices to drop 32-bit support. Now if you are wondering about the benefits you are going to get. Dropping 32-bit support on the Pixel Tablet will reduce RAM usage, but at the same time, the tablet won’t be able to run 32-bit apps. However, this shouldn’t be a problem for anyone, since in 2019 Google made it mandatory for all apps to support 64-bit. With ARM also planning to drop support for 32 apps in future mobile processors, it’s time for Android to switch to a 64-bit OS, and the Pixel Tablet could be the device to do just that.