With the dawn of the 5G era on the horizon, Google and Qualcomm are both hoping that app developers will be quick to embrace the new technology. That’s why the two tech giants are teaming up to shed some light on the benefits of 5G at Google I/O.
“4G enabled a new wave of disruptive mobile applications and services, essentially serving as the foundation for the smartphone revolution,” said Qualcomm Product Management VP Francesco Grilli. “We believe 5G will be even more transformative.”
The announcement specifically concerns the enhanced developer APIs that will be introduced with Android Q, the next version of the flagship mobile platform. Android Q will allow developers to monitor the performance of their apps over 5G networks, which will in turn allow them to optimize new and existing apps and maximize 5G’s potential.
For its part, Qualcomm expects almost every major Android manufacturer to release a Snapdragon-powered 5G smartphone sometime in 2019. The company has been anticipating this moment for quite some time. Qualcomm previously partnered with a slew of manufacturers in anticipation of 5G, including Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo, Lenovo, and Samsung. And many of the world’s biggest mobile network operators chose a Qualcomm modem for their 5G trials.