Android P will support Vulkan 1.1 to bring mobile games closer to consoles

Gaming on Android is about to become more impressive once the ‘P’ version of the OS launches with support for the latest Vulkan graphics API.

Vulkan started its Android journey on the Galaxy S7 before Google added native support for it in Android Nougat. Many developers still use the OpenGL ES graphics rendering API, but making the switch is starting to look as enticing as the desserts of which Google names their mobile operating system.

In the video, we can see Vulkan spreading the workload across CPU cores to reduce the overall utilisation. Energy consumption is also minimised by 15 percent as a result.

Amongst the highly anticipated features in 1.1 includes Subgroup Operations, extension integration, SPIR-V 1.3, and more.

Support for Vulkan 1.1 is expected to be included in the Android P Developer Beta 2.

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