Android 4.4, KitKat Update to Support 64-Bit Smartphones

The Android 4.4, KitKat update could support devices with 64-bit chips.

A recent presentation that took place at Intel hinted at the company working together with Android on a 64-bit product that would run Google's OS. However, KitKat was not mentioned during the presentation.

Samsung has already confirmed that its future mobile devices will have 64-bit support. Apple's iPhone 5S will be the first official 64-bit smartphone on the market.

Intel's Bay Trail Atom chips offer 64-bit support, according to Android Authority. A future Samsung or Android product could be using these chips in the future.

ARM's next-gen of mobile chips will also come with 64-bit support.

Sundar Pichai made an appearance during the event to discuss Chrome and Android and spent most of his time talking about increasing the presence of its eco-system. He did not touch on anything related to 64-bits.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 4 could both feature 64-bit CPUs, according to a statement made by Samsung earlier this month.

"Not in the shortest time. But yes, our next smartphones will have 64-bit processing functionality," said Shin Jong-kyun, Samsung's mobile business chief, adding that he followed the media coverage of Apple's new iPhone.

He also implied that Samsung's market share in China would remain intact despite the increase in brand awareness Apple made with the new iPhone 5C.

"Samsung understands that Apple intends to boost its mobile business in China, as well as Japan, meaning we should try harder in these countries," said Shin Jong-kyun.

The Korean company currently offers a much wider range of products in the Chinese market that it believes will solidify its market share in the region.

"Apple believes that it can boost its market share in China thanks to stronger brand awareness. However, with better pricing, a diversified product lineup and solid partnerships with local channels, Samsung plans to keep its current momentum in China. We have no reason to allow Apple to steal market share from us," said a low-ranking Samsung executive to KoreaTimes in a recent statement.