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Google wants to make RISC-V one of the main architectures for Android - on par with Arm.

Published: 2023-01-05

At the recent RISC-V Summit event, Google representatives announced plans to implement official support for the RISC-V architecture on the Android platform. Android CTO Lars Bergstrom said that RISC-V should become a "level one platform" in Android, putting the architecture on par with Arm.

This announcement can be considered a significant change in Google's position regarding the place of RISC-V in the Android ecosystem. A few months ago, Bergström said that optimizing Android builds for RISC-V would require "a lot of work," adding that the developers had outlined a "roadmap" that would take several years to complete. Despite this, the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) repository, which is used to develop the source codes of the Android platform, has been publishing official patches since September last year, designed to provide support for devices based on RISC-V processors.

Although it will be several years before the release of Android fully optimized for devices with processors based on the RISC-V architecture, enthusiasts can already get access to the build system, which allows them to evaluate the development of the Android “riscv64” branch. Emulator support will be available early this year, and Android RunTime (ART) support for RISC-V architecture will arrive in the first quarter of 2023, according to the source.