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Qualcomm Snapdragon Spaces develops for augmented reality glasses

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With Snapdragon Spaces, Qualcomm wants to bridge the gap between AR glasses and your smartphone. Apple’s iPhone is at risk of falling off the roadside.

The Metaverse should become the technology hype of 2022. Mita has big plans, but we’ve also seen Microsoft and Cisco already Develop new virtual applications for their video conferencing platforms. However, to be able to use the technology properly, augmented reality glasses are required. Expectations indicate that many smartphone manufacturers will develop their own augmented reality glasses next year. So Qualcomm is working on a new platform that ensures that when you buy augmented reality glasses, they also work with your smartphone. Your software platform They will be called Snapdragon spaces.

Given that Qualcomm’s chip technology is present in many smartphones and VR/AR devices today, software that links these different chipsets seems like the next logical step for Qualcomm. Concretely, what the software does is turn the apps you open on your smartphone into an augmented reality. This creates a mixture between the real world and the virtual world.

With Snapdragon Spaces, you can turn your living room into an F1 track. Image credit: Qualcomm.

Qualcomm is already opening its Snapdragon Spaces software platform to partners from various fields. Lenovo / Motorola, Xiaomi and OPPO, among others, have already shown interest, on the part of app developers, Epic Games and Niantic being the most prominent names.

No place for iPhone

There is one development: Snapdragon Spaces will initially be compatible with only a limited number of Snapdragon chipsets. It wouldn’t surprise you that these mainly come from the premium chip, although Qualcomm didn’t mention the chips by name in the press release. Thus, the Metaverse will only be for a select group of people who have a flagship smartphone in its first stage.

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Since the software is compatible with the chip manufacturer’s hardware, we also seem to have some bad news for iPhone 13 and Pixel 6 Pro owners. After all, Apple has switched to an in-house produced Bionic chip since the iPhone 11, Google has also chosen its own Tensor SoC since the Pixel 6.

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