32-bit app support has come back to the Pixel 7 (unofficially)


Google’s Pixel 7 comes with a brand new design, new hardware features, and also new software features. One of those changes to the software side of things is that the handset only supports 64-bit apps.

This isn’t really a big deal since apps submitted to the Play Store need to be 64-bit, but it poses a potential problem for users who sideload older apps that are still 32-bit. If that’s you, then we have some good news because it appears that the Android community have figured out how to bring 32-bit app support to the Pixel 7.

This comes in the form of two apps – the Pixel 7 32-bit helper and Magisk Delta where with a flick of a switch, users can enable 32-bit support. This is because Google’s new Tensor G2 chipset still supports 32-bit operations, and that 32-bit support has only been disabled in the Pixel 7’s software as opposed to being removed entirely.

We can’t say for sure if this will remain in future Pixel smartphones, but for now, Pixel 7 users who need to run 32-bit apps can resort to these methods. Google has outlined several reasons why they decided to make the Pixel 7 a 64-bit only smartphone, such as being able to offer better performance, better security, and so on. Either way, the option is there if you want to use it.

Source: Android Authority

Tyler Lee
A graphic novelist wannabe. Amateur chef. Mechanical keyboard enthusiast. Writer of tech with over a decade of experience. Juggles between using a Mac and Windows PC, switches between iOS and Android, believes in the best of both worlds.

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