64-bit applications are becoming the standard for many mobile Operating Systems, with Apple dropping 32-bit app support on its most recently released iOS:
Support for 32-bit apps is not available in iOS 11 and all 32-bit apps previously installed on a user's device will not launch
We're seeing a similar change begin in other areas of the mobile industry, with some Android apps requiring 64-bit OS in order to operate, which in turn is causing some grief for 32-bit only devices. It's becoming increasingly important to have a 64-bit support, and will only become more so in the future. That's one of the many reasons it's odd that the 64-bit capable Moto G4 Plus launched only with a 32-bit version of Android.
The Motorola Moto G4 Plus has a decent processor, a Snapdragon 617 which has a 1.5GHz clock speed. According to Qualcomm, the manufacturer of the Snapdragon series, the 617 model has a 64-bit CPU architecture. So the chip itself is capable and designed for 64-bit, yet for whatever reason, Motorola designed the device with a 32-bit operating system installation. A bit strange considering 64-bit facilitates better performance and saves battery.
The community has decided to tackle the issue, as it's clear the device can handle 64-bit as far as the hardware itself is concerned. The default Motorola provided OS still doesn't have 64-bit support, but you can easily override that with a custom ROM.
The installation instructions are easy to follow, which makes the process very appealing. These instructions are provided by Dreamstar:
What will you need:
- 64-bit TWRP 3.1.1-0 ( Recovery Mandatory to flash for 64bit ROM )
- 64-bit LineageOS-15.1
If you own a Moto G4 Plus and you have any interest in 64-bit support, definitely give this a shot! Would love to hear about your experience in the comments.
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