The first Android device to which develop with the newly released API Vulkan 1.0 is the console Google Nexus Player. Imagination Technologies has launched an early access program so developers start working on its PowerVR hardware platforms that support it, that there is at the moment only that.
Since mid-March, the subscribers to the program will have access to the kit PowerVR Graphics SDK v4.1, that it shall contain a Vulkan backend and several examples of what can be done. Our codes will be one improved version of the demo time to gnomes that was used last summer of 2015 to demonstrate what can be achieved on Android devices.
We already know how this goes from the demos techniques, very optimized developments in very closed environments that focus all the resources to reflect specific qualities. In this case, it is show that you can get a much more efficient rendering and therefore greater fluidity in the image with a less intensive CPU usage thanks to the equitable distribution of the process between quad-core.
The British company ensures that not only win in performance, is that also the new API facilitates work because It is necessary to write fewer lines of code to render a scene and simplifies cross-platform release because it offers cross-platform tools. Here is the result of having a large part of the technology companies working together in the Consortium Khronos.
They are only the first steps. On the one hand and without wary of improvement, must see What answer gives the hardware when confronted with large and changing scenarios with multiple items different moving individually to specific effects resulting from peaks, instead of moving a closed and static environment of the demo. On the other hand, and most importantly, must also see what is preparing Google with that group of programmers with experience who has signed and who should make the result in Android even better.
This week they said that it would not take too to have the SDK, and therefore that we see the first results, but the clock is going very slowly when the promise of change is so great.