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Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) are being used in more industries than ever including games, education, health care, and manufacturing. Now VR and AR are converging in various combinations to bring new immersive extended reality (XR) experiences to users.

Our Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ Mobile Platforms help developers create premium XR experiences such as VR and AR across a range of mobile devices, while our Snapdragon XR1 and XR2 Platforms are dedicated mobile XR platforms that allow developers to create high-quality, cost effective XR solutions for mainstream use.

Snapdragon mobile and VR platforms can be found in existing XR devices such as the HTC VIVE Focus head mounted display (HMD), and Lenovo Mirage Solo HMD.

Below we outline the tools we have available to create and enhance your XR experiences.


We have a number of resources available to help you create and optimize your XR applications and solutions for truly immersive experiences:

  • XR and VR Tools:
    • Snapdragon VR SDK – provides developers with access to optimized, advanced VR features on Snapdragon VR devices.
  • App Performance Optimization:
  • Specialized Core Optimization: SDKs for specific processor cores are also available:
    • Adreno GPU SDK - excels at repeating similar computations on large quantities of data, as in graphics processing and machine learning.
    • Adreno SDK for Vulkan – provides the SDK for the Adreno GPU with an implementation of the Vulkan graphics API that runs on Snapdragon processors. Vulkan facilitates cross-platform graphics development.
    • Hexagon DSP SDK - best suited to processing digital signals from the outside world in real time, like those generated by a smartphone camera and microphone.
  • Audio:
    • 3D Audio Tools - create, capture, and render true-to-life immersive 3D audio experiences for VR applications.
    • 3D Audio Plugin for Unity - a binaural spatial audio plugin for Unity, ideal for XR experiences and games.
  • Computer Vision:
    • FastCV Computer Vision SDK – adds computer vision capabilities such as gesture, recognition, face detection, and text recognition.


We have a number of resources available to help you create XR applications and resources for different types of devices:


Explore these links about the latest trends and key features of XR for more ideas and insight into your own projects:



Here is a great case study featuring augmented reality smart glasses from Youbiquo and Lantronix that features the Qualcomm APQ8053Pro SoC and the Lantronix Open-Q 626 μSOM.