Google today announced a series of new tools for game developers, including Google Play Asset Delivery, Android Performance Tuner, Android GPU Inspector, and Cloud Firestore. At the same time, as a Google partner, Qualcomm introduced the GPU driver update program supported by its Snapdragon chipset.
The Android GPU checker was developed by Qualcomm and Google in collaboration with the Snapdragon Elite Gaming Experiences project. Game developers can use this tool to test their products and optimize them. According to data released by Qualcomm, a game tested on the Pixel 4 XL using this tool ultimately saved 40% of GPU resources, thereby improving the frame rate and battery life of the game.
Qualcomm announced the GPU independent update function at the previous Snapdragon 865 conference, which can be considered as part of the Project Mainline of the Android system, allowing users to update the phone's GPU driver by updating the software to obtain better game performance and compatibility Without waiting for system updates.
According to the latest news from Qualcomm, there are already several phones using Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 that can also support this feature. The specific models are Samsung Galaxy S10, Galaxy Note 10, and Google Pixel 4 / 4XL. In addition, Qualcomm said that more mobile phones will support this feature in the future.
From this perspective, future Android phones can indeed have better gaming performance over time just like PCs. But for domestic users, how to obtain driver updates is still a problem.