Apple's Move to 64-Bit Highlights Google's Weakness

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Apple's (NASDAQ: AAPL  ) new 64-bit chip has been characterized by a Qualcomm (NASDAQ: QCOM  ) insider as a "hit in the guts," according to HubSpot. Qualcomm, a major chip supplier to many of Google's (NASDAQ: GOOGL  ) Android partners, is now racing to catch up by planning to release its own 64-bit chip at some point next year.

In the following video, Fool contributor Sam Mattera explains how Google's Android ecosystem could be disadvantaged by the move to 64-bit chips. It's likely that 64-bit Android devices will appear next year, but the difference between 32-bit and 64-bit should only add to Android's fragmentation problem. Although it won't have an immediate effect, further fragmentation could ensure that Apple continues to be favored among app developers. Although most popular apps eventually make their way to Android, Western app developers continue to favor Apple's platform, and could for the forseeable future.

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  • Report this Comment On December 19, 2013, at 2:12 PM, GaryDMN wrote:

    64 bit isn't a big problem for Google, falling prices and competition from Facebook and Twitter are problems. The dozens or hundreds of patent lawsuits they will ultimately lose are a problem for Google too.

  • Report this Comment On December 19, 2013, at 2:21 PM, FoolinSD wrote:

    Sam Mattera, what are the advantages of 64bit that is relevant to a smartphone or tablet? Are ipad users going to be running databases or graphics apps that will take advantage of a 64bit processor? Yeah if they stick more ram into the ipad. Oh wait, you can't upgrade the ram in an ipad.


  • Report this Comment On December 20, 2013, at 3:15 PM, deasystems wrote:

    @FoolinSD: The advantages of this 64-bit processor and operating system in the iPhone 5s have nothing to do with the amount of memory or use of databases, FoolinSD. Read the comparative tests: There is nothing on the market that comes close to the speed, responsiveness, or smoothness of the iPhone 5s. That's the result of many things, not the least of which is the iPhone 5s's 64-bit environment. You can easily do your own research as to why that's the case but here's a hint—it has nothing to do with addressable memory space.

  • Report this Comment On December 20, 2013, at 10:26 PM, larryw101 wrote:

    Wow Sam, I didn't know you were able to talk out of both sides of your mouth at the same time.

    This is the very 1st article you done were you weren't bashing Apple. Could it that you finally come to understand how foolish you were each time you did an anti Apple story or is it because you're trying to redeem yourself? None of you predictions ever came true when it came to bashing Apple. You criticized anything you could about them including their ecosystem. But today you are praising it. Readers won't be able to believe anything you write.

    I've read other Apple bashing stories by other authors but those same authors made valid points at time and also wrote positive articles when deserved. But you, you have written a steady stream of negative stories all year long.

    In any case, changing now it's not going to help you much I'm sorry to say. I truly don't think you realize how much damage you've done to your reputation or how low your credibility is in the minds of many readers. You really have made a fool of yourself.

    BTW, next time your on camera you should comb your hair…..seriously.

  • Report this Comment On December 21, 2013, at 8:56 PM, CPA01 wrote:


    "The advantages of this 64-bit processor and operating system in the iPhone 5s have nothing to do with the amount of memory or use of databases"

    True. It has almost everything to do with the ARMv8 and 10% with the 64 bit. Or did you not expect some of us to know that from the tech breakdown?

    Also, have you even tried a S4 or a Nexus 5? How can you make claims about smoothness when you haven't tried everything else?

    Neither the S4 or N5 have ram related BSOD. How's that smoothness for you?

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