After introducing different architectures in Android App development, finding the right APK is bit challenging. It’s hard to figure out CPU architecture of your phone. So to help you and clear the confusion, I have made: ARM ARM64 x86 Selection guide for Android phones.
These keywords represent architecture models of your smartphone’s CPU, like 32 bit and 64 bit it is just like windows. You might have to consider the right architecture for your phone before you download an APK or flash custom ROM. With the advancement in technology, new architecture patterns are being followed in the development of processors. Each new processor is better than the previous one and each new operating system is better in terms of performance and time/space-efficiency than the previous one.
- ARM means the devices that are running 32-bit operating system/processor.
- ARM64 means the devices that are running a 64-bit operating system/processor.
Arm Arm64 x86 Selection Guide for Android
Following are few famous Android smartphones along with their processor’s architecture information:
Note 4, Note 3Galaxy S2/S3
|Google (LG)||Nexus 5||ARM|
Below is further information regarding the compatibility of ARM ARM64 x86 architecture while installing custom ROMs and APKs. If you have any confusion in your mind regarding your phone’s processor and its architecture. Following details will help you to clear confusion.
Note: Some people get confused with x86. There isn’t anything like ARM86. x86 stands for the processors made by Intel which offers 84-bit processing.
As the ARM64 aka x64 architecture is backwards compatible so it’s fine to install ARM aka 32-bit apps on it.
- ARM on ARM device: OK.
- ARM64 on arm device: Not compatible.
- ARM on ARM64 device: OK.
- ARM64 on ARM64 device: OK.
If your device is not present in the table above then use Droid Hardware info app to figure out the correct architecture for your Android phone. Just download the app from here.
After installing, open it up and tap on device information tab. It will display all the details regarding your phone, including the correct architecture of your phone from ARM ARM64 or x86. It will also display Android OS along with SDK version of your phone. You can use it to figure out the right DPI (Dots per inch) of your phone. Droid hardware info app is a very helpful app, it is recommended to keep a check on what’s going on under the hood of your phone. There are other tools like it but it seemed to be the best tool for figuring out the right architecture of Android phone.
That’s all, if you have any query regarding Arm Arm64 x86 Selection Guide for Android, then let me know in the comments. You can also help us to improve this guide. Your feedback will be appreciated. If you still have any confusion you can contact us, we will be happy to help you figure out the architecture of your phone and right APK or custom ROMs with respect to the architecture of your phone.