Qualcomm aligns 7 global telecom operators to support XR devices with Snapdragon Spaces

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Qualcomm said it has lined up seven global telecom operators to leverage XR (extended reality) devices using Snapdragon spaces.

Carriers include CMCC, Deutsche Telekom, KDDI Corporation, NTT QONOQ, T-Mobile, Telefonica and Vodafone. All are working with Qualcomm on new XR devices, experiences and developer initiatives with Snapdragon Spaces. The companies made the announcement at the Mobile World Conference in Barcelona.

At MWC, KDDI and Qualcomm announced a multi-year collaboration focused on expanding XR use cases and creating a developer program in Japan. XR devices included augmented reality, virtual reality, and mixed reality.

Equipment manufacturers utilizing Snapdragon XR technology are designing a new wave of devices for operators and beyond. They include the 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.


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Operators are leading a variety of investments around the XR and are using the open, multi-device Snapdragon Spaces XR Developer Platform ecosystem as a foundation, Qualcomm said.

Global operators are helping define Snapdragon Spaces device requirements and compatibility that will give customers more options for connecting smartphones and wireless glasses, championing these technologies on their networks, and launching regional developer programs to pioneer augmented reality (AR) experiences. ) in the head.

Expanding on current XR hardware offerings, several 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 Metaverse and XR, implementing our strategy of software and hardware technology excellence,” said Cui Fang, General Manager of Technology at China Mobile Communication Group Device Company, in a statement. “We have a long-standing collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies on XR, actively advancing industry development and working together to solve industry challenges. We look forward to working together on building the developer ecosystem using Snapdragon Spaces to power the growth of the overall XR industry ecosystem.”

OPPO has confirmed a new mixed reality (MR) device that is Snapdragon Spaces Ready alongside its OnePlus 11 5G – which is the first Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 device to be approved as Snapdragon Spaces Ready and will allow developers to bring ideas to life of AR worn on the head.

“NTT QONOQ was founded in October 2022 to boost XR’s business development. XR devices will be central to our value proposition and we are excited to be working together with Qualcomm Technologies and Snapdragon Spaces on this new frontier,” said Mikio Iwamura, Executive Vice President of NTT QONOQ in a statement.

Analytics firm CCS Insight has unveiled its first white paper “The Operator Opportunity: VR, AR and the Metaverse,” which features inventive XR insights from Qualcomm Technologies and leading global operators.

“XR, paired with 5G, is poised to unleash a massive wave of innovative new applications for consumers and businesses alike,” John Saw, chief executive of T-Mobile, said in a statement. “As the lead 5G launch partner in North America for Snapdragon Spaces, we are honored to work with Qualcomm Technologies and others to continue to power the advancement of XR in our industry-leading 5G network.”

At the 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 he also said that he is doing research and development laying the groundwork for 6G technology in the next decade.

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