On day 2 of its Snapdragon Summit in Hawaii, Qualcomm introduced updateable GPU drivers for its new collection of cell chipsets.
Beginning with the Snapdragon 865 and 765(G), Qualcomm will likely be releasing driver updates for the GPU via the Google Play Retailer. These might be downloaded and put in similar to another app.
A GPU driver replace is one thing desktop customers are accustomed to. Desktop GPU producers like NVIDIA and AMD push out common driver updates for his or her graphics playing cards. These updates embody safety patches and bug fixes however most significantly, embody efficiency optimizations for newly launched video games. That is why you may usually see new driver patches being launched the identical day as main recreation launches because the drivers embody efficiency optimizations for that specific recreation.
Qualcomm is making an attempt to deliver that have to the cell phase now. With these patches, the corporate can probably embody efficiency enhancements and optimizations for brand new recreation titles on a extra common foundation as a substitute of ready for OS updates to replace the drivers. Android has had the power to replace parts of the OS like drivers individually for some time now however Qualcomm is the primary one to reap the benefits of this characteristic.
Sadly, Qualcomm has left it upon the machine producer to check and push out the driving force updates for his or her gadgets. This implies you could or could not be capable to get the most recent driver replace in time as Android OEMs aren’t precisely recognized to push out updates on time.
The updates will even be launched just for the newly introduced Snapdragon 865 and 765(G) chipsets that will likely be obtainable early subsequent yr. All future Qualcomm chipsets will even get this characteristic however none of the present fashions are going to get it.
Nonetheless, as an entire, that is excellent news for Android gadgets and hopefully it causes different chipset distributors to additionally begin pushing out driver updates individually. Sadly, quite a bit relies upon upon machine OEMs and the way frequently they resolve to ship out these updates.