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Glasses GPUs and Supported APIs


The R-7 currently runs Android 4.4.4 and uses the Snapdragon 805, which has the Adreno 420 GPU, which supports these APIs:

  • Open GL ES 1.x, 2.0, 3.0, 3.1, TS & GS
  • Open CL 1.2full
  • RenderScript
  • Direct X 11.2

See these references:



An upcoming device will be using the new SnapDragon 821: 


This uses the Qualcomm® Adreno™ 530 GPU, which offers 40% improvement to graphics performance, compute capabilities, and power usage when compared to Adreno 430. The 530 within the 821 will support up to OpenGL ES 3.2.  The other technology they are adding is Vulkan support.

API Support

  • OpenGL ES 3.2
  • OpenCL 2.0 full
  • Vulkan 1.0
  • DX11.2

Interesting details: http://www.notebookcheck.net/Qualcomm-Adreno-530.156189.0.html

There's some info and comments here about shaders : http://wccftech.com/snapdragon-820-official-folks/

After the 821, there is the upcoming SnapDragon 835:


More on that later.

For the record, R-6: 

The CPU inside is from Texas Instruments (OMPA4 4470) and the latest version of Android they provided us source code for was Jellybean (4.2.2).  However, it does support all the major APIs, including:

  • OpenGL® ES v2.0,
  • OpenGL ES v1.1,
  • OpenVG v1.1
  • and EGL v1.3.  (See attached reference)
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