CHIP DESIGNER Qualcomm announced a preview release of its Snapdragon software development kit (SDK) for Android.
Qualcomm's Snapdragon brand chips power many Android smartphones including versions of Samsung's Galaxy S3 and HTC's One S. Now the firm has announced an Android SDK, but only for its Snapdragon S4 MSM8960 system-on-chip (SoC).
Qualcomm said its Snapdragon SDK will allow Android developers more direct access to specific capabilities of the MSM8960 rather than relying on Android's virtual machine to handle its hardware. The firm said only one of its Snapdragon S4 chips will be supported at the moment, but that it expects to support future chips with the SDK.
Rob Chandhok, SVP for software strategy and president of Qualcomm's Internet Services said, "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."
According to Qualcomm, its Snapdragon SDK allows developers to implement blink recognition, burst photo capture and hardware echo cancelling.
Qualcomm did not say when its Snapdragon SDK will come out of preview. While the firm will be keen for developers to make use of its chips, the fact is that Qualcomm's Snapdragon S4 MSM8960 is not used in most Android smartphones yet, so it is unlikely that sofware developers will rely on the Snapdragon APIs to implement key features in Android applications for a while. µ