Your Galaxy S11 graphics driver updates may come from... the Play store


Qualcomm really nailed it with the new high-end Snapdragon 865, what with the 144Hz display support, 200MP camera modules, and multi-mode 5G that can be had in dual SIM configurations, too.

That's not to mention the usual performance and battery life bumps we get from the move to a new production method like Samsung's 7nm EUV that the 865 will be made on. 

As if to mark that Snapdragon 865 begins a new era in its mobile processor timeline, Qualcomm has decided to issue... mobile GPU driver updates... via the Play Store.

Wait, what? That's right, in the spirit of Google's project to make all Android updates more modular hence faster, Qualcomm will start offering graphics subsystem driver updates as easy as downloading one from the Play Store, tips David Ruddock

Of course, these will first be offered to manufacturers with the requirement to test the new drivers against their specific hardware/software combo but still, we won't have to wait from one flagship chipset release to another to enjoy the best of new game features or compatibility. 

Unfortunately, Qualcomm's new mobile-GPU-driver-update-as-a-service endeavor won't be backwards compatible with older phones, so if you want to enjoy it first, you'd have to shell out for a premium handset with Snapdragon 865 or later inside.

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19 Comments

1. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1382; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

A really Nice feature. I say its bout time too.

9. RevolutionA

Posts: 529; Member since: Sep 30, 2017

Yes, it's about time to change your phone. Why would you download additional stuff for graphics. Waste of phone memory, data and time. Should be one time integration like Apple

12. koioz

Posts: 188; Member since: Nov 29, 2018

Because it's more practical. Let's say the driver has a bug, qualcomm can push update as fast as possible a reach every compatible device faster. And it is not OEM specific, any android phonewith compatible SOC can install it so it's less fragmented.

13. RevolutionA

Posts: 529; Member since: Sep 30, 2017

Only Androids can have such bugs

14. koioz

Posts: 188; Member since: Nov 29, 2018

Every software have bugs. Btw 1+1=2 and A for apple, B for ball. Hope it helps.

15. tedkord

Posts: 17514; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

You make logic pretzels like no one else.

17. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1354; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

Nvidea and AMD push out graphics driver updates all the time. This is a pretty good idea.

2. User123456789

Posts: 1370; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Qualcomm is the best. All brands should use snapdragon.

7. Brewski

Posts: 738; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

Any brand worth buying already does :)

3. liteon163

Posts: 88; Member since: Jan 24, 2017

I'm sure the 865 will be decent, but I won't be buying a phone with one because its modem is not integrated. I've been down this road before and it is not nice.

4. strawhat67 unregistered

Finally Snapdragon 865 is getting closer to 1 year old Apple A12

6. Fred3

Posts: 612; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

In benchmark speeds yes but in everything else it been pass the Achips

8. Brewski

Posts: 738; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

The only benchmark speed it lagged in was the single core. But yes, multi-core, and everything else, A12 was lagging a lot more.

10. Reviewerofstuff

Posts: 136; Member since: Jun 02, 2018

What do you mean. Single - core is not everything you know? In multicore the snapdragon 855 already matched the multicore of the a13. And the single-core score is not much off.

16. tedkord

Posts: 17514; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

And yet, in real world testing the SD phones beat the iPhone, year after year. But enjoy those benchmarks!

19. Marcwand3l

Posts: 464; Member since: May 08, 2017

Troll

5. Elvis358

Posts: 292; Member since: Mar 25, 2018

Excuse me but can you stop posting article titles with Samsung s11 because Samsung isn't the only smartphone that will use Snapdragon 865 processor. There will be many better smartphones!

11. cheetah2k

Posts: 2325; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Now Google just needs to listen to me (when i said many months ago) and release security patches via the Google Play Store. Its about freaking time Google did this

18. TadTrickle

Posts: 144; Member since: Apr 08, 2019

That's awesome. I really like the idea of ggogle play being the update hub

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