Mobile hardware developers are will be a happy lot when Qualcomm announces their own SDK for the Snapdragon processor. The SDK is expected to provide support to developers to optimize software for snapdragon devices.
According to Qualcomm, developers and device manufacturers will be able to easily differentiate their applications on devices by exposing new value-added features. Developers can look forward to a ton of features and capabilities including:
- Facial processing capabilities to recognize such movements as smiling, blinking and frowning. This will make it easier to take pictures of different people in groups.
- Burst capture that leverages zero shutter lag in order for devices to take multiple pictures at once. The user can then select the best shot.
- Better audio capture with surround sound recording. It also has hardware to cancel echo for enhanced real time audio experience.
- Sensor gestures (face up or down, tap left or right, push or pull and tilt). These gestures and the device capabilities enables developers to test new capabilities and push the envelope on the differentiated user interface on the devices.
- Geofencing capabilities reduce power consumption on the devices.
- Indoor location that allows applications to provide accurate location information even when the device is indoors.
Qualcomm has great plans to make surround sound, facial processing, burst capture and other features that make it a much better chipset than any other for mobile devices. At the moment, the SDK is under preview but we will be seeing something extra ordinary released to the masses soon.
Here is the full flip released by Qualcomm last week pertaining the SDK.
Qualcomm Announces Snapdragon SDK for Android at Uplinq Developers Conference
SDK Designed to Give Developers Access to Powerful Features Found in Snapdragon-powered Devices –
SAN DIEGO, June 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) today announced the Snapdragon™ SDK for Android at the Uplinq® 2012 developers conference, giving developers and device makers the ability to differentiate their applications on devices by exposing a new set of value-added features. 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 enables mobile developers to access next-generation technology and features of Snapdragon processors via Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) not otherwise available. Initially, the SDK 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 and the company’s senior vice president for software strategy. “Qualcomm is always striving to enable developers and device makers to differentiate their offerings via the unique capabilities found in its industry-leading Snapdragon mobile processors. With the Snapdragon SDK for Android, developers and manufactures can now more easily utilize these features as they work to set their products apart in a crowded ecosystem.”
The Snapdragon SDK for Android is designed to allow developers to harness the additional capabilities of devices with Snapdragon processors while retaining compatibility across multiple Android devices. Together with the latest hardware development devices, including the Snapdragon S4 MDP smartphone and the Snapdragon S4 MDP tablet, developers will be able to develop on-target with a suite of Snapdragon SDK capabilities, allowing for testing and debugging in advance of commercial handset releases.
Some of the new features and benefits of the Snapdragon APIs in the preview release of the SDK include:
- 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.
Developers can learn more about the Snapdragon SDK for Android at the Qualcomm Developer Network website or by following @Qualcomm_Dev on Twitter for the latest information and news with the SDK.