Qualcomm targets new Android designs
Qualcomm has announced new design support for its Snapdragon mobile phone chipset aimed specifically at Android platform development.
A preview release of the SDK is now available on Qualcomm’s developer site and the full SDK will be available to device manufacturers and developers in the coming months.
The Snapdragon SDK for Android will support devices with the Snapdragon S4 8960 processor, and it is anticipated that the SDK will support future Snapdragon processors across multiple tiers over time.
“The most powerful applications in mobile are those that are tightly integrated with the underlying hardware,” said Rob Chandhok, president of Qualcomm Internet services.
“With the Snapdragon SDK for Android, developers and manufactures can now more easily utilise these features as they work to set their products apart in a crowded ecosystem,” said Chandhok.
The design kit features application programming interfaces (APIs) for facial processing, such as blink and smile detection, which makes it easier to take better pictures of people in groups.
There is also support for surround sound recording for better audio capture, hardware echo cancellation and sensor gestures (tap-left/tap-right, push/pull, face-up/face-down, tilt).
Developers can learn more about the Snapdragon SDK for Android at the Qualcomm Developer Network website.