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  1. Anonymous
    Anonymous June 21, 2014 at 4:29 am |

    Good catch, and I usually see these releases myself but I have been patiently waiting for a replacement screen protector for my boxed Venue 8 Pro. Something noteworthy is the imminent planned 64-bit Bay Trail summer refresh of the Venue 11 Pro, and likewise 8 Pro ( http://tabtec.com/windows/dell-roadmap-all-tablets-convertibles/ ). It’s soon to happen, all with the recent Woot fire sale of the Venue 11 Pro and Microsoft Store quietly pulling all their stock of the Bay Trail and Core models going on.

  2. Christopher Price
    Christopher Price June 21, 2014 at 6:33 pm |

    It’s starting to concern the team that most Bay Trail OEMs will merely put out new (or even identical with a different SKU’ed) hardware and not go back and issue UEFI 64-bit firmware updates for older devices.

    Planned obsolescence hurts the whole sector. We’re looking at UEFI right now and seeing if we can chainload 64-bit kernels in. This previously has been done in CSM to load Mac OS X on older EFI 32-bit hardware, but even then the CSM was 64-bit aware. We’re not optimistic on that one, honestly…

    To be clear, aside from these handful of Bay Trail-T devices, Console OS will be 64-bit clean, even on most Bay Trail devices.

    On my end, we’ll support 32-bit UEFI tablets as best we can. Today it’s not hard to maintain two kernels. But as Android moves to 64-bit, this is going to be an increasing problem for devices that otherwise would have no problem handling Android’s 64-bit.

  3. Joel
    Joel November 5, 2014 at 11:42 am |

    I was just wondering if you have heard any other rumblings about the Dell Venue 8 Pro getting a 64-bit UEFI firmware?

    I know you’re busy with Console OS (I’m a proud backer!) at the moment but I just found this website that explains why the initial BayTrail tablets came with 32-bit only. Windows Connected Standby was on supported in 32-bit Windows 8, but apparently it’s fully functional in Windows 8.1 64-bit so maybe Dell will finally fix it…?


    Thanks, and I can’t wait to get my hands on Console OS DR1!

  4. Keith
    Keith December 13, 2014 at 10:34 am |

    Thanks for this post, it is great to see exactly what and why regarding the 32-64 bit situation. I have to admit, I didn’t fully understand the details of it until now.
    I have been trying to get Dell to answer me about the 64bit BIOS update for my Venue 11 Pro via their twitter support account, but they told me they aren’t given that information. Keeping my fingers crossed and looking forward to Developer Preview 2!


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