Vulkan 1.0 Release, The SDK Android Come “Soon”

With a bit of delay with regard to the calendar marked, but the Consortium Khronos Group has managed to launch Vulkan 1.0, the first version of his Low-level graphic API. It was already known that the adaptation to Android It would not be ready with the release, Google signed a team a team specialized for this job less than six months ago. But at least we have known that the SKD will soon and some companies have created drivers for Android 6.0 Marhsmallow.

If there is anything that leaves well clear all the informative material that Khronos Group has spread is that Google is going to take the responsibility to adapt, not as their competition. From each platform support will be to offer a set of detailed and customized features. And you should not do so, as they have decided those responsible for Windows and Linux, is the own Consortium who created it from the feedback. However, it has been confirmed that Android functions will be defined in-house and, in addition, will have test on own platform, the highest guarantee possible optimization.

This low-level API gives greater control over the hardware. It allows the GPU work in parallel with multicore CPU, reducing bottlenecks to make good use of multiple processing threads. The result will be a greater use of the hardware especially in 3D tasks such as video games or design, accompanied by a reduction in the consumption of battery.

What if has come this day of launch are the drivers. More than 30 different have been accepted and some more are in approval stage. Of them, both NVIDIA and Qualcomm have passed tests in accordance to 6.0 Android drivers. Of course, this is no guarantee that your landing is close, but it opens the debate.

It seems logical to think that Google will wait until the arrival of Android, and given the speed of propagation of his predecessor, that would contain the software that it operates until well into 2017 to have it in a large number of devices. But the manufacturers have already advanced some chips support, as for example the Snapdragon SoC 820 that will assemble some smartphones with Marshmallow. Do they not want to take advantage of it before?

Deadlines will be extremely tight given that development kits that are starting to distribute from this moment from the Lugarg website are not those of Android, whose only SDK says “it’s coming soon”. By the way, in general they are free and open source, and include documentation, examples and tools.