“Tablets running a 64-bit version of Windows 8.1 on top of Intel’s 64-bit Atom processor, Bay Trail, are set to debut at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona later this month.,” Mark Hachman reports for PCWorld.

“Industry sources pointed to Apple’s introduction of the 64-bit A7 chip last September as the forerunner that goaded competition,” Hachman reports. “‘Once again, Apple changed the game on everybody,’ said one source (who declined to be identified to protect business relationships). After the A7’s launch, demand for 64-bit technology skyrocketed, forcing other tablet makers to follow suit.”

“In the case of 64-bit Android platforms, some of the silicon appears to be outpacing the hardware. Intel, not Google, completed work on a 64-bit version of the Android 4.4 OS for x86 smartphones in January,” Hachman reports. “Ars Technica has been tracking the flow of 64-bit commits into the source code repository, github, as well as the Android Open Source Project, which Google tends to enrich after it releases a new version of its Android OS. The publication guesses that 64-bit Android will become a mainstay at the end of 2015, when both a 64-bit version is released, and major applications begin to take advantage of the new features.”

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