Telecom Lead America: Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon
SDK for Android at the Uplinq 2012 developers conference.
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
“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.