“The Android camp postpones the commercialization of the 64bit application processor (AP) delivering a direct blow to the mobile DRAM market,” Lee Hyeong-soo reports for Korea IT News. “At first, it was expected that the 64bit AP would be widely used in premium smartphones starting with the Galaxy S5 and lead the demands for the mobile DRAM. However, it appears that the 64bit AP smartphone will be released in the second half of this year or early next year. The semiconductor industry seems concerned that the sagging demands for the mobile DRAM would spread to the entire memory semiconductor market. ”

“According to industry insiders on March 19, most Android smartphone makers like Samsung Electronics (SEC) are putting off their schedule for commercializing the 64bit AP,” Lee reports. “After the 64bit AP was first applied to the iPhone 5S by Apple last year, it was expected to become the basic performance of premium smartphones. However, companies in the Android camp cannot bring themselves to use the 64bit AP. The 64bit AP is not compatible with the Google Android OS yet.”

“Apple is building the best system from the OS through the AP architecture design to hardware,” Lee reports. “That’s why Apple was able to commercialize the 64bit AP early. On the other hand, the Android OS must support diverse APs and various kinds of hardware at the same time. OS upgrade cannot but be outpaced by development of APs.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Apple leads. All others follow at a great distance. As always.

Tick, tock, also-rans. Tick, tock.

[Attribution: Patently Apple. Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dan K.” for the heads up.]

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