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Snapdragon is ready for Google Daydream platform

May 26, 2016

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The momentum for virtual reality (VR) continues to build, and we are thrilled to be one of the first to announce support for the Google Daydream platform with Qualcomm Snapdragon processor powered Daydream-ready smartphones. Daydream, announced at Google I/O, is Google’s platform for high performance mobile VR, built on top of Android N. By virtue of its wide adoption on smartphones, Android is bound to be the world’s largest platform for VR and take mobile VR to the next level. This is huge since it will bring a premium VR experience to mainstream consumers.

Daydream’s goal to create high performance mobile VR is aligned with our vision to create immersive mobile VR that is completely wireless. To achieve this vision it takes the whole ecosystem working together, which is why Qualcomm Technologies has been working closely with Google to help deliver high performance and optimal power efficiency for Daydream. We are designing Snapdragon processors to support truly immersive experiences at low power and thermals so that the headset is sleek, lightweight, and stylish.

A critical part of the VR platform is also the software and tools, which is why Qualcomm Technologies recently announced the Snapdragon VR SDK, based on Snapdragon 820, which is expected to be available in the second quarter of 2016. The Snapdragon VR SDK is complementary to Daydream, as it allows OEMs to further optimize their VR experience using Snapdragon heterogeneous compute and sensor engine capabilities for best-in-class VR experiences. 

For example, to reduce motion-to-photon latency, the Snapdragon VR SDK supports Qualcomm Hexagon DSP accelerated inertial and camera sensor fusion for faster asynchronous time warp, which means that the GPU can very efficiently use data from sensors to warp the image based on the latest head pose just prior to display scan out, and do so with a faster mechanism for single buffer rendering. Check out our white paper to see more examples.

VR is on its way to becoming the new paradigm for how we interact with the world, and we’re excited about the new, high-quality, mobile VR experiences available for consumers on upcoming Snapdragon powered Daydream-ready smartphones.

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