If you are someone who likes to sideload apps on his/her Android phone, you might have experienced that certain apps have different builds which give rise to confusion regarding which build to download and install on your phone. This confusion arises due to a large number of processor makers for the Android market. We have Qualcomm, MediaTek, Samsung, Huawei and some other small vendors who are developing chipsets for the Android market. Even the same manufacturer have different categories of chipsets to carter the needs of different people.
Knowing details of the processor is necessary for someone who is using an Android phone and is trying to do things out of the box. App developers develop different versions of the same app so that they run smoothly in different devices with different hardware configurations. This is the reason why developers at Google LLC has developed 22 variants of the YouTube app. There are many such examples. If you are an Android power user, you must be aware of the following things:
- The Architecture on which your device’s processor is developed
- The version of Android that your device is running on.
While knowing the Android version which your phone is running is quite simple (Settings – About Phone – Android Version), you have to follow some steps to know the architecture on which your phone’s processor is developed. Generally, there are three architectures on which all Android Phone’s processors are based upon.
- ARM – This is the most common architecture on which processor’s for Android phones are developed. If your phone’s processor is ARM-based, it means that your phone is running a 32-bit operating system. This is quite popular in the entry level to mid range android phones. They are battery efficient processors with low computing power.
- ARM64 – Newer processor’s are based on ARM64 architecture. It supports 64-bit operating system and has high computing power. Many phone manufacturers are adopting this new architecture and it seems that it will become a standard in the near future. All major chipset manufacturers in the Android ecosystem are developing processors based on ARM64 architecture.
- x86 – x86 processors have higher computing power than any other ARM counterpart but they are very scarce in the market. Generally, processors made by Intel are based on this architecture. They are not optimized for longer battery consumption.
Now, the thing you need keep in my mind that an application or Custom ROM made for a certain architecture is not optimized for the other and is therefore not recommended to be installed unless your hardware is compatible. However, most of the apps developed for 32 bit systems can run on the 64 bit systems.
Enough said, now follow these steps to know about your phone’s CPU.
- Download and install Droid Hardware Info by InkWired from the Google Play Store.
- When done with the installation, open the app and tap on the System tab.
- It is from here that you can collect information about your CPU. The common nomenclature for ARM, ARM64, and x86 processors are as follows:
- ARM: ARMv7 or armeabi
- ARM64: AArch64 or arm64
- x86: x86 or x86abi
You can also try out the following app which does the same job as Droid Hardware Info.
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