Qualcomm, the company behind the S4 processor that so many US devices are receiving as consolation prizes in exchange for LTE, has announced that it will be releasing its own SDK for Snapdragon processors. The SDK will initially support the S4, and continue to support future processors as they're released, supporting multiple tiers of hardware.

The company touts the SDK as enabling developers to more tightly integrate their apps with Qualcomm hardware, as well as enabling access to more powerful hardware features, like so:


  • facial processing, such as blink and smile detection, which makes it easier to take better pictures of people in groups;
  • burst capture, which leverages zero shutter lag to photograph a stream of images at once to select the best shot;
  • surround sound recording for better audio capture;
  • hardware echo cancellation for better real-time audio experiences;
  • sensor gestures (tap-left/tap-right, push/pull, face-up/face-down, tilt) that enable developers and device makers to push the envelope on new, differentiated user interfaces;
  • low power always on geofencing capabilities; and
  • indoor location that enables apps to continue providing accurate location information even when the user is indoors.

Of course, SDKs for specific hardware platforms are a double-edged sword. If NVIDIA's recent pushes with Tegra development have taught us anything, it's that selective focus on hardware can certainly lead to much better apps, but at the cost of leaving other platforms out in the cold. Hopefully Qualcomm's new SDK will make things easier on developers who want to support the S4 and future Snapdragons.

Source: PR Newswire

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  • TonyArcher

    The S4 Plus ought to cure your snarkiness until the Cortex-A15 chips come out. The only chip people would rather have is the Samsung Quad core, so it's not like this chip is junk.  I'd much rather have this processor than a Tegra 3 that's for sure.

    • Karthik Kumar

      Am sure the "consolation" part for dry humour. Snapdragon S4 is pretty much THE Dual-Core chipset to have and even gives the Quad-Core Tegra3 a run for the money as is seen in the HTC OneX benchmarks. 

  • http://www.anivision.org/ Christopher Bailey (Xcom923)

    I have mixed feelings about this. On one hand this is awesome since it make the S4 that much better if this SDK is used. BUT this creates a turf war if you will between Nvidia and Qualcomm kinda like how we saw with intel and AMD but the different is more noticeable with everyday use. 

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  • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

    This has a stink about it.  It's almost always bad when hardware companies try to de-commoditize themselves, and this is a first step towards that.  Sure, this will lead to the hardware companies trying to lure developers (especially game companies) to do exclusives, which tends to suck anyway... But this somehow has a smell of something worse.

    Although, I may still be jaded after Qualcomm screwed over HTC owners years ago by not giving out the optimized drivers that enabled features that were part of the SoC they'd advertised.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1745689461 Hal Motley

      I agree Cody, I am so happy that Chainfire released his Chainfire3D app and allowed me to play my Tegra games on my i9100 Galaxy S II. These exclusive games are annoying to the consumer!

      Although I don't mind if the game is released for other processor architectures and there is a special Tegra edition, that's not as bad.

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