Xiaomi Is First To Release A GPU Driver Update For Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Devices
This entry was posted on April 30, 2020.
"Late last year, Qualcomm Technologies announced that the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon Elite Gaming features will include GPU updateable drivers, a first in the mobile industry. Similar to PC gaming, smartphone users will be able to update their GPU drivers more frequently and take advantage of potential performance and feature gains," Qualcomm stated in a blog post last month.
"Fast forward to today, Android games on Snapdragon are about to get turbocharged and finally benefit from this unique feature," Qualcomm continued.
Xiaomi is making the driver update available through its GPU Driver Update application, available on its Chinese app store. It applies to three specific handsets: Xiaomi Mi 10, Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro, and Redmi K30 Pro, all of which are powered by a Snapdragon 865 SoC with an Adreno 650 GPU.
"While we can commit to supporting chipsets for two to three years post-launch, the OEM has the final say in rolling out the new drivers to their customers," Qualcomm said. "Some OEMs have a good track record in supporting legacy device software updates whilst others don’t."
So, it will be hit or mess as to whether your Android handset receives a driver update. In the US, these will be made available in Google's Play Store.