Qualcomm Hops on the VR Bandwagon With a Snapdragon VR SDK for SD 820
Qualcomm has decided to join the VR party, as the US based semiconductor company launches a Snapdragon VR SDK for smartphones and VR headsets.
The VR SDK from Qualcomm is designed for the Snapdragon 820 – the same SoC which powers a number of flagship devices, including the US versions of Samsung Galaxy S7 and LG G5. The SDK will allow developers to simplify development process by giving them access to various VR features.
According to the manufacturer, developers will be able to attain improved performance and power efficiency with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 processor via the VR SDK. The kit will offer digital signal processing (DSP) sensor fusion, using which devs could draw on the “full breadth” of technologies built into the SD 820 chip, creating more responsive and immersive experiences.
Qualcomm’s Senior Director of Engineering Dave Durnil said this in the press release:
We’re providing advanced tools and technologies to help developers significantly improve the virtual reality experience for applications like games, 360 degree VR videos and a variety of interactive education and entertainment applications. VR represents a new paradigm for how we interact with the world, and we’re excited to help mobile VR developers more efficiently deliver compelling and high-quality experiences on upcoming Snapdragon 820 VR-capable Android smartphones and headsets.
The Snapdragon VR SDK is expected to be made available in June through the Qualcomm Developer Network.