ARM-based Mini Computer to Be Released Supporting 64-bit Android L Programs, Juno Program Announced

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By Precious Silva | July 10, 2014 12:06 PM EST

ARM just announced a mini computer that can help speed up the development of programs under Android L and the 64-bit structure. ARM will focus on 64-bit app development for tablets and smartphones opening up a whole new range of opportunities and capabilities. 

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Google's senior vice president of Android, Chrome and Apps, speaks during his keynote address at the Google I/O developers conference in San Francisco June 25, 2014.

According to a report by PC World, the device will come as an uncased computer. The company will be targeting professional developers including large companies to help them develop middleware, tools and drivers supporting tablets and smartphones based on the 64-bit Android L platform. Devices running on Android L are expected to hit markets by the end of 2014. ARM has yet to reveal the price of the computer. 

Google has just released Android L's developer preview in hopes of unifying the Android platform and giving coders more time to tweak their programs based on the OS. However, the company did not clarify when the program will be released officially. Analysts believe it will be towards the end of the year as several smartphones and tablets will reportedly launch with the new mobile OS. 

At the moment, there are no Android devices yet running on the 64-bit structure. Apple started the trend when it released the A7 chip pressuring Android manufacturers to compete in the same arena. If ARM will push through with this launch then it will be a first for the company. Throughout the years, the firm resorted to licensing hardware designs and refrained from selling directly. It appears the company wants to change plans and boost the Android L platform even more. 

Along with the announcement, the company also discussed about project "Juno." This refers to an ARMv8-A reference board allowing developers to work with the Android L platform in preparation for the 64-bit ARM chippery. According to a report by The Register, Juno will be an ""open, vendor neutral ARMv8 development platform" sporting Cortex A57, A53 MPCore and Mali-T624.

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Google's senior vice president of Android, Chrome and Apps, speaks during his keynote address at the Google I/O developers conference in San Francisco June 25, 2014.
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