Qualcomm announced the ability to deliver GPU driver updates via the Play Store back in December 2019, initially saying it would be limited to new chipsets (for Snapdragon 865 and 765 series).
Now, Qualcomm has announced that some Snapdragon 855 phones will be first in the line to get the new GPU driver updates. The listed phones are Samsung Galaxy S10, Samsung Galaxy Note 10, and Google Pixel 4 series, with Qualcomm saying more devices will get the feature “later.”
The statement was made as part of a collaboration with Google for the Android GPU Inspector tool for developers. This profiling tool allows developers to inspect mobile GPU usage (including Qualcomm’s Adreno GPU) in games to figure out where improvements can be made.
“The final drivers will also be available in the Google Play store on select devices. Consumers will be able to update their Adreno GPU driver just like an app,” the company reiterated.
This could probably change the perspective of smartphone usage and a challenging question if smartphones are competing with the computing industry. In the future it is expected to deliver smoother performance even for budget, mid-range and flagship devices