At the Augmented World Expo, Qualcomm unveiled the Snapdragon Spaces XR Developer Platform.
It is a legacy augmented reality developer kit designed to create immersive experiences that blur the lines between physical and digital realities. Snapdragon Spaces XR is in early access by select developers and is expected to go public in spring 2022.
According to Qualcomm, Snapdragon Spaces allows developers to create 3D AR glasses apps from scratch, or simply add jaded AR features to existing Android smartphone apps to provide a unified multi-screen experience between a smartphone’s 2D screen and the real world in 3D.
Today’s announcement contains no mention of hardware. However, Qualcomm is building partnerships to shape the future of mixed reality that it has envisioned over the past decade. These include Niantic and its recently unveiled Lightship platform, as well as consumer device OEMs including Lenovo, Motorola, Oppo, and Xiaomi. Qualcomm Snapdragon Spaces supports tools familiar to developers working with Unreal Engine 4 and Unity.