Qualcomm Lines Up 7 Global Telecom Carriers to Support XR Devices with Snapdragon Spaces

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Qualcomm said it has aligned seven global telecom operators to take advantage of XR (extended reality) devices using Snapdragon slots.

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 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 leveraging Snapdragon XR technology are designing a new wave of devices for carriers and beyond. They include Xiaomi Wireless AR Glass Discovery Edition and OPPO’s new mixed reality device and OnePlus 11 5G smartphone, both ready for Snapdragon Spaces.


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

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

Expanding on current XR hardware offerings, several hardware companies unveiled new Snapdragon-powered devices and development platforms. Xiaomi revealed its new Wireless AR Glass Discovery Edition powered by the Snapdragon XR2 platform.

“With a series of innovations from Metaverse, China Mobile is fully investing in Metaverse and XR, implementing our strategy of excellence in both software and hardware technology,” said Cui Fang, technology general manager of China Mobile Communication Group Device Company, in a statement. “We have a long-standing collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies on XR that actively promotes industry development and works together to solve industry challenges. We look forward to working together on building the developer ecosystem using Snapdragon Spaces to fuel the growth of the overall XR industry ecosystem.”

OPPO 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 augmented reality ideas to life. . .

“NTT QONOQ was founded in October 2022 to drive the business development of XR. XR devices will be central to our value proposition and we are delighted 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.

Analyst firm CCS Insight has revealed its first white paper “The Operator Opportunity: VR, AR, and the Metaverse,” presenting an innovative view of XR from Qualcomm Technologies and the world’s leading operators.

“XR, coupled with 5G, is poised to unleash a massive wave of innovative new applications for consumers and businesses alike,” T-Mobile executive John Saw said in a statement. “As the lead North American 5G launch partner for Snapdragon Spaces, we are honored to work with Qualcomm Technologies and others to continue to drive the advancement of XR on our industry-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 powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Satellite technology.

And he also said that he is doing research and development to lay the foundation of 6G technology for the next decade.

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