Qualcomm announced at their Uplinq conference this morning in San Diego, that they have developed a new Snapdragon SDK to aid developers in differentiating their applications on devices by utilizing a new set of value-added features. Rob Chandhok, president of Qualcomm Internet Services and the company’s senior vice president for software strategy stated:
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 SDK is currently in preview phase with an expected full release to arrive later this year. Here are some of the key features of this new SDK:
- 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.
Hopefully with this new SDK, we will start to more applications and devices take full advantage of the power inside the Snapdragon processor.
The full press release can be found here