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Qualcomm said it has lined up seven global telecommunications operators to deploy XR (extended reality) devices using Snapdragon spaces.
The operators include CMCC, Deutsche Telekom, KDDI Corporation, NTT QONOQ, T-Mobile, Telefonica and Vodafone. They are all working with Qualcomm on new XR devices, experiences and developer initiatives with Snapdragon Spaces. The companies announced this at the Mobile World Conference in Barcelona.
At MWC, KDDI and Qualcomm announced a multi-year partnership aimed at expanding XR use cases and establishing a developer program in Japan. XR devices include augmented reality, virtual reality and mixed reality.
Equipment manufacturers using Snapdragon XR technology are designing a new range of devices for operators and beyond. They include Xiaomi Wireless AR Glass Discovery Edition and OPPO’s new mixed reality device and OnePlus 11 5G smartphone, both of which are Snapdragon Spaces Ready.
Operators are leading several investments around XR, using the device-independent and open ecosystem Snapdragon Spaces XR Developer Platform as a foundation, Qualcomm said.
Helping global operators define the requirements and compatibility of Snapdragon Spaces devices, giving customers more options to connect smartphones and glasses wirelessly, promoting these technologies on their networks, and launching regional developer programs pioneering augmented technology reality (AR) experiences on the head.
To expand the current XR hardware offerings, multiple hardware companies have unveiled new devices powered by Snapdragon technologies and developer platforms. Xiaomi has unveiled its new Wireless AR Glass Discovery Edition powered by the Snapdragon XR2 platform.
“With a series of Metaverse innovations, China Mobile is fully investing in the Metaverse and XR, implementing our strategy of both software and hardware technology excellence,” said Cui Fang, general manager for technology at China Mobile Communication Group Device Company, in a statement. declaration. “We have a long-standing partnership with Qualcomm Technologies in XR and are actively promoting industry development and working together to solve industry challenges. We look forward to working together on building the developer ecosystem using Snapdragon Spaces to enable the growth of the overall XR industry ecosystem.”
OPPO has confirmed a new mixed reality (MR) device that is Snapdragon Spaces Ready alongside the OnePlus 11 5G – the first Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 device to be approved as Snapdragon Spaces Ready, allowing developers to bring head-worn AR ideas to life can bring.
“NTT QONOQ was established in October 2022 to drive the business development of XR. XR devices will be fundamental to our value proposition and we are excited to partner with Qualcomm Technologies and Snapdragon Spaces in this new frontier,” said Mikio Iwamura, executive vice president at NTT QONOQ in a statement.
Analyst firm CCS Insight has unveiled its first white paper “The Operator Opportunity: VR, AR and the Metaverse,” featuring inventive XR insights from Qualcomm Technologies and leading global operators.
“XR, combined with 5G, is poised to unleash a huge wave of new innovative applications for both consumers and businesses,” said John Saw, an executive at T-Mobile, in a statement. “As the lead North American 5G launch partner for Snapdragon Spaces, we are honored to partner with Qualcomm Technologies and others to continue to drive XR advancements on our leading 5G network.”
At MWC, Qualcomm also announced the Snapdragon Digital Chassis connected car technology portfolio with its Snapdragon Auto 5G Modem-RF Gen 2. It also said that six companies are developing smartphones with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Satellite technology.
And it also said it is doing research and development to lay the groundwork for 6G technology in the next decade.
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