When tweaking Android you might somehow get into a situation where you need to know your CPU architecture. In fact, to root your Android you need to know which processor architecture was used in your smartphone, also whether the process (to root) suits your device. So it is one of the responsibilities of an Android user to have a pinch of knowledge on his phones CPU architecture.

Whether you are a root user or a non-root user you need to know Processor architecture. It will be helpful in future but may not be known to you at present. When we buy a smartphone we look at specifications, reviews, and other required features. In the same way, you also need to know something about your smartphones Processor Architecture. Speed or battery backup changes from one processor to another. Some give better battery backup, some give good performance and some give extra features that are not available in the other two.

Android mainly supports 3 kinds of processors (here Architecture) namely ARM, Intel, and MIPS. Of the three ARM is widely known and is a top brand in providing Architectures for various Android manufacturers (OEMs). Though Intel is widely used in Desktops and Server markets it is less known with Android smartphones. Long back MIPS is a well known, has seen a lot of success with 32-bit and 64-bit processor architectures in embedded spaces but as time progressed it became least popular compared to the others in Android world.

So always the main rivalry is between ARM and Intel. But at this present only ARM is in the market, with Intel opted out of Android.

What’s ARM, ARM 64, x86?

Now you know that ARM is the most popular and widely used processor architecture in Android. Well in ARM we have three different architectures. They are ARM, ARM 64 and x86. The difference between them is: ARM is a somewhat an old one. However, it is popularly known for providing better battery backup. ARM 64 is derived from ARM, seen in almost all the devices coming out in these days. X86 is known for providing great performance, it lags a bit when coming to battery backup. X86 gives better performance than the other two architectures, it is a 32-bit so it has no use in these days. Other two are 64-bit so they are in use. Now follow the below steps to find Processor Architecture of your Android Device.

How to know whether your device is ARM or ARM 64 or x86?

It's not a big task to find CPU architecture of your device. There are some applications which can give you complete details of Android Hardware. You can simply download them and check it.
1. Download the application My Device from Play Store.
2. After installing open it.
3. Now click on the menu at top left corner with three lines.
4. There chose the CPU tab. In that look at the 5th column with the name: ABI. That gives you the processor architecture or even you can find the CPU model.
5. Now again go to the menu, chose OS. Then look at the third column with the name: API level. API Level also gives you the Android version of your device. That's it you have found your CPU/Processor architecture and Android version.

CPU Architecture and API Levels of your Android Smartphone

1. API Levels

  1. API level 21 is Lollipop with 5.0 update.
  2. API level 22 is Lollipop with 5.1.x update.
  3. API level 23 is Marshmallow with 6.x.x update.
  4. API level 24 is Nougat with 7.0 update.
  5. API level 25 is Nougat with 7.x.x update.
  6. API level 26 is Oreo with 8.0 update.
  7. API level 27 is Oreo with 8.x update.

2. Processor Architecture

  1. ARM is also called: ARMv7 or armeabi.
  2. ARM64 is also called: Aarch64 or arm64.
  3. x86 is also called: x86 or x86abi.

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