At the Snapdragon Technology Summit 2019, Niantic and Qualcomm Technologies announced a multi-year joint collaboration on an integrated design spanning AR glasses reference hardware, software, and cloud components.

To ensure interoperability with the latest AR innovations and accelerate the development of tomorrow’s devices, the platform will be optimized first for the Niantic Real World Platform and Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 Platform. This new collaborative architecture is also expected to be provided to creators via the Niantic Creator Program when available.

To ensure interoperability with today’s latest AR innovations and accelerate the development of tomorrow’s devices, the platform plans to be optimised first for:

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 Platform: The world’s first 5G-supported XR platform. It unites Qualcomm Technologies’ expertise in XR, 5G and AI to provide breakthrough technology to help usher in a new era of XR. This premium-quality platform unveils innovative features and boasts multiple firsts for XR that can be scaled across AR (augmented reality), VR (virtual reality) and MR (mixed reality).
  • Niantic Real World Platform: Niantic’s core technology stack that includes an AR-first SDK enabling high quality, immersive end-user experiences and integrated cloud services capable of “world-scale” to support millions of concurrent users in a shared AR experience.

“We’re looking forward to helping move the entire AR industry forward as we work together with Qualcomm Technologies to define a true end-to-end architecture – inclusive of hardware, software, and cloud technologies.”

– Phil Keslin, Co-founder and CTO of Niantic

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