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Google Pixel 7 & Pixel 7 Pro First To Support Only 64-Bit Apps

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The newly-announced Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro are the first smartphones to support only 64-bit apps. These two phones come with a 64-bit only build of Android 13, it has been confirmed.

The Pixel 7 series phones are first to support only 64-bit apps

This information comes from a Twitter user ‘Lucas’, and it has been confirmed by Mishaal Rahman. The Google Tensor G2 does support 32-bit apps, but Google removed the previous ABIs in Android 13 for the Pixel 7 series. So, it basically forced it to move to supporting 64-bit apps only.

Is that a problem? Well, no, not really. Pretty much every modern app is a 64-bit app. It has been that way for a long time. If you do try to sideload some really old apps, such as Flappy Bird, for example, you’re out of luck.

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That is the app, well, game, that Mishaal Rahman used as an example, for a good reason. That game was immensely popular when it launched, and some people still sideload it on their phones.

Are there any benefits to this? Well, yeah, technically. A move to 64-bit only apps should ensure better security, performance, and reduced processing cost thanks to the lack of additional ABIs, XDA Developers explain.

All apps on the Play Store are 64-bit apps, since August 2019

Just to be clear, all apps on the Play Store are 64-bit apps. They had to be 64-bit apps since August 2019, otherwise they were incompatible with Google’s demands. So, the vast majority of people won’t even notice this change.

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The only way this will impact you in a negative way is if you have a rather old 32-bit app that you tend to use on your phone. You won’t be able to do that anymore.

All in all, this is not a bad change at all. It may even ensure a longer life for the Pixel 7 series. Considering that there is no processing of additional ABIs, the performance should remain consistent for longer, technically.