Pixel 7 is not compatible with 32-bit apps
The Pixel 7 series could be the first Android phones only 64 bits, so 32-bit apps won’t be able to be installed on them. Google has been looking for a long time for Android to be a fully 64-bit platform and it may have achieved it with the new Pixel 7.
Esper editor Mishaal Rahman revealed on Reddit that the Google Pixel 7 series could be the first 64-bit-only Android smartphone after several users complained that they could not download some applications on their new Pixels. His theory was very clear, and the proof of this is the images that we show below.
The game, as you can see in the image, is an old version of the game Flappy Bird 32-bitalthough if tests are done it will happen in all others 32-bit. Rahman noted that Android 13 for the Pixel 7 still has 32-bit system libraries, but does not allow 32-bit apps to run.
In the same Reddit post they indicate that the Pixel 7 runs a Zygote (system process in which the app processes are forked) of only 64 bits. The output of ‘getprop ro.zygote’ returns ‘zygote64’ on Pixel 7 while on Pixel 6 it returns ‘zygote64_32’.
It is a curious situation since the new Tensor G2 processor of the Pixel 7 continues to offer cores of CPU with 32-bit supportunlike Arm’s recently announced CPUs that will be seen on next year no 32 bit support From the first moment.
Find the 64-bit compatible version
Although it can be inconvenient, especially if it happens to you on your new Pixel 7 and you don’t know what is causing it, it is not a big problem in many cases since all new apps and application updates since 2019 must provide 64 bit versions in addition to the 32-bit ones.
Nor is it a great inconvenience because the usual thing is that 32-bit apps are old and very outdatedso they are not often used as much.
Since August of last year, apps without these versions have not been offered, so if you encounter such an error because the application or game you are trying to install is 32-bit, all you have to do is check that the problem don’t be this. You can easily check this with AppChecker, which tells you if apps you have installed are 32-bit or 64-bit.
The solution is as simple as searching and use the 64 bit.