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need to get this on the front page and call it out? lol

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Geez Samsung, can you do anything without copying Apple? how about something original instead of follow the fruit...

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pretty sure nokia / microsoft won't be far behind. just after they make the compulsory fun poking at apple's / samsung's expense, then quietly slip it into their product roadmap.

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Well this is for the Exynos 6 - and the Exynos 5 was only available for the International version, not the US version which used the Snapdragon. So, it'll be interesting how Samsung play this one with the SGS5.

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What are the benefits of a 64-bit architecture?  Sure it means they can address over 4gb of processing ram (not storage)...

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pretty sure nokia / microsoft won't be far behind. just after they make the compulsory fun poking at apple's / samsung's expense, then quietly slip it into their product roadmap.


Well Apple has forced their hands. Its still fluff no matter who is implementing it, but other manufacturers can't really not implement it now that Apple has because its such a marketing gimmick.

Everyone here would do the same thing.

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probably a fingerprint reader as well.

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probably a fingerprint reader as well.

 

That would be interesting, considering that no one cared about it back when the Motorola Atrix shipped with one.

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pretty sure nokia / microsoft won't be far behind. just after they make the compulsory fun poking at apple's / samsung's expense, then quietly slip it into their product roadmap.

 

It already is on the roadmap.

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That would be interesting, considering that no one cared about it back when the Motorola Atrix shipped with one.

We'll see. I think it will all depend on how well the iPhone's actually works in practice, i.e. how user-friendly Apple's solution turns out to be. I have no idea how the Motorola Atrix fared in that regard... Plus, obviously when Apple does something it will attract a bit more attention...  :rofl:

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We'll see. I think it will all depend on how well the iPhone's actually works in practice, i.e. how user-friendly Apple's solution turns out to be. I have no idea how the Motorola Atrix fared in that regard...

 

Maybe the one on the Motorola phone didn't work fine, I don't know. The thing is no one thought "hey that's a cool idea, let's add that to our phones with a better implementation".

 

If other brands start using fingerprint scanners I'd bet it'll be more because of Apple being trendsetters rather that the actual usefulness of the device.

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What are the benefits of a 64-bit architecture?  Sure it means they can address over 4gb of processing ram (not storage)...

 

Right now, there's hardly any benefit at all (unless hardware such as the fingerprint scanner only has 64bit drivers).

 

What it does do is give them a chance to test 64 bit iOS in the wild before something that actually needs it comes out ;).

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Maybe the one on the Motorola phone didn't work fine, I don't know. The thing is no one thought "hey that's a cool idea, let's add that to our phones with a better implementation".

 

If other brands start using fingerprint scanners I'd bet it'll be more because of Apple being trendsetters rather that the actual usefulness of the device.

 

Going by what the reviews are saying, it seems to work really well, in contrast to the solution that the Atrix shipped with, e.g.:

 

 

The unpredictable nature of the Atrix

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So, Samsung are going to build a 64bit version of Android as well, are they?

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So, Samsung are going to build a 64bit version of Android as well, are they?

Rumor says that Android 4.4 will be optimized for ARMv8. However that won't really produce any sort of improvement since Android apps are bytecode in contrast to iOS apps which are native. The number of bits is irrelevant at the dalvik level anyways. Adapting Android wouldn't be that hard since the Linux kernel has been supporting AArch64 for quite some time now, a few core runtimes will need to be reworked but most of the userland stuff will pretty much remain the same.

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I wasn't talking about app's, I was talking about Android itself.  I know how the apps are built.

 

There's little point in Samsung releasing a 64 bit Android phone if they're not going to do a 64bit build.

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And app writers to write code that can actually use 64 bit CPU's. It took a few years for multimedia software to completely make the transition, and then it was fits & starts.

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