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Qualcomm's working on GPU drivers and optimisations tools for Android because "winning matters"

Qualcomm wants to offer the best gaming performance on mobile platforms

Qualcomm's working on GPU drivers and optimisations tools for Android because

Qualcomm's working on GPU drivers and optimisations tools for Android because "winning matters"  

Mobile gaming is continuing to grow in popularity, and the creation of high refresh rate "gaming phones" has forced SOC makers to take performance a lot more seriously. Unoptimised software and drivers plague the mobile market, and Qualcomm's taking the required steps to ensure that their devices deliver the best gaming performance, simply stating that "winning matters."

In collaboration with Google, Qualcomm is helping to create a tool called the "Android GPU Inspector" and implement updatable GPU drivers into devices like the Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL, Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Samsung Galaxy S10. In the future, these tools will be expanded to more devices, allowing Qualcomm to improve the performance of its Adreno graphics tech through the use of new drivers and game-specific optimisations. 

In a way, this will make Qualcomm's Adreno GPUs a lot more PC-like, allowing the company to deliver driver updates to support the latest games, fix bugs and deliver new features/performance optimisations. Adreno graphics drivers will update like an app, making the update process easy for end-users. 

While working with a game partner, Qualcomm was able to use Android's GPU Inspector tool to discover an optimisation opportunity which saved 40% in GPU utilisation on a Snapdragon-powered Google Pixel 4 XL smartphone. This optimisation delivers faster framerates to gamers, smoother performance and longer battery life. 

Qualcomm is the first mobile SOC manufacturer to offer GPU drivers on Android, something which has the potential to transform Android gaming moving forward.   
 

Qualcomm's working on GPU drivers and optimisations tools for Android because  

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Special Thanks to NeverBackDown for bringing this news to our attention. 

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14-04-2020, 16:46:23

NeverBackDown
Super excited for this. This helps the entire Android ecosystem. I'm sure outside of gaming they can apply some techniques to other apps that are less intensive and maybe improve battery life by leveraging the driver.

That'll probably take longer as they seem focused on gaming but still exciting nonetheless. Biggest Android problem is fragmentation and by having more of the companies work together it only improves that problem.


edit: just came to the realization that if they can expand this to tablets that would be an insane game changer. Generally speaking Android tablets are cheap. But if they can get software optimization for it? It could greatly improve a much needed part of the market/Android ecosystem. It's been neglected for quite some time.Quote

15-04-2020, 03:50:47

Warchild
Trust me, this is gonna be amazeballs. Yeah im so excited im using childish stupid words to describe how good this is going to be!

Current device (NDA) with 120hz 4k screen, and now they are developing this.. literally the best phone I have ever tested so far! Qualcomm is going to be able to expand this into so many devices over time as they further improve their chipset.

Heat will be an issue if anything. 5G testing at the moment and the devices are spicy! Throw in some raw gpu power and it could be a little concern. Then again, qualcomm do nearly everything right so far.Quote

15-04-2020, 12:32:29

NeverBackDown
Well it has potential to use the GPU more efficiently so it could avoid getting hot and still provide the same or better performance at the same power draw. Though yes I could see it getting to be a problem for max usage with 5g runningQuote
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