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Your Android games are getting a software speed boost

Jon Fingas, @jonfingas
August 10, 2015
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iPhone users have low-level Metal code to speed up games and other visually intensive apps, but what if you're an Android fan? Don't worry, you'll get your boost soon. Google has announced that Android will soon support Vulkan, an open graphics standard that cuts a lot of the computing overhead and gives apps more direct control over video hardware. It's not as easy to work with as OpenGL, but it should let developers wring more performance out of your phone's processor. That could prove very important when you'd otherwise struggle to run a game on a lower-end phone, or want to get pretty, high-detail graphics on a shiny new flagship. It'll be a while before Vulkan for Android is ready -- the standard itself isn't available, let alone Google's implementation of it -- but it should be worth the wait if your Android devices double as game consoles.

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