GPU Driver updates coming to several Google and Samsung phones

24 March 2020
All thanks to Google’s new Android GPU Inspector.

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Mali868, 25 Mar 2020What about the galaxy a50What about Nokia 3310? Learn to read man

  • AlienKiss

AnonD-732843, 27 Mar 20201 question : is the driver update hard coded to the GPU or its f... moreMany of the updates I did on my S8+ told in the description that for security reasons I won't be able to 'downgrade' to previous versions. Which in theory means that the update was hard-coded. But I'm not 100% sure a hard reset won't affect this.

  • AnonD-732843

1 question : is the driver update hard coded to the GPU or its firmware or will a factory reset wipe that GPU update ?

  • AlienKiss

Livius, 25 Mar 2020I changed my S9+ with the 8GB version of A71 and there is no dif... moreWhy is Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 better than Qualcomm Snapdragon 730?
20.26% faster CPU speed
4 x 2.8GHz & 4 x 1.77GHzvs2 x 2.2 & 6 x 1.8GHz
1.5x faster downloads
1200MBits/svs800MBits/s
15GB/s more memory bandwidth?
29.9GB/svs14.9GB/s
Uses HMP?
2 more memory channels?
4vs2
The list goes on..

  • AlieKiss

Livius, 25 Mar 2020I changed my S9+ with the 8GB version of A71 and there is no dif... moreThere's a website especially created for CPU and GPU comparisons.
The difference between the S9+ and A71 is of 91 vs 73 points (out of 100).
The S9+ basically moped the floor with A71.
Here's the link
https://versus.com/en/samsung-galaxy-a71-vs-sams­ung-galaxy-s9-plus-qualcomm-snapdragon-845
Next time ask someone with better knowledge in smartphones and don't let them trick you into buying midrange garbage.
Prostul nu e prost destul pana nu e si fudul.

Livius, 25 Mar 2020I changed my S9+ with the 8GB version of A71 and there is no dif... moreThere is performance difference and its huge. Just that all of it is in the gpu. You would need to run dolphin emulator games at higher resolutions to see that, since pubg or fortnite are all easily able to max out with a 730.

Livius, 25 Mar 2020I changed my S9+ with the 8GB version of A71 and there is no dif... moreYou might not notice it but the S9+ has 2x the GPU power of A71... If you had the Snapdragon variant, that's a total downgrade.
I also have a phone with 8 GB of RAM, and even when opening Asphalt 9+CoD Mobile+Mario Kart Tour+Dolphin Emulator(NFS Underground)+Damon PS2(Tekken 4), I still have more than 2 GB free, and that was only for testing purpose, when gaming I close every except the game I'm playing, so 6 GB should be enough.
Well, yeah, I already knew about the update, that seems to be a really big deal to you.

  • wkwkwk

pray for mediatek ?

Shadocx, 25 Mar 2020Galaxy S9+ got Android 10, it would beat a Galaxy A51/71 easily ... moreI changed my S9+ with the 8GB version of A71 and there is no difference in performance at all not to mention that S9 updates are over and battery is too small for today's standards . S9+ wins with better camera, stereo speakers and screen. At this moment in time, I would take A71 over S9+ with my eyes closed.

Anonymous, 25 Mar 2020Yeah with no more software support, outdated design, and perform... moreGalaxy S9+ got Android 10, it would beat a Galaxy A51/71 easily in performance, why are you talking about design? this article is about GPU and gaming.

  • Anonymous

AlienKiss, 25 Mar 2020You have a mid-range phone, yet you expect high-end flagship ser... moreYeah with no more software support, outdated design, and performance Gap is almost identical, except in Samsung's case. And you're saying that mid-range phones aren't real phones? These updates can come to midrangers as well it's about improving efficiency

  • AlienKiss

Mali868, 25 Mar 2020What about the galaxy a50You have a mid-range phone, yet you expect high-end flagship services??
Next time buy a real phone : Galaxy S or Note series.
My advice: if you can't afford the latest high-end flagships, go for last year's or even 2 years ago. They're still better than any new mid-range phone out there.
Especially if you play games or you're a heavy user.

DroidBoye, 25 Mar 2020NO. They can update drivers of any phone in the world but if you... moreOh yeah, I get it, I used to play PUBG with GFX Tool in the past, so it is indeed the same problem, thanks for the explanation!

Shadocx, 25 Mar 2020But the article says: According to Qualcomm, the new optimizatio... moreNO. They can update drivers of any phone in the world but if your phone is not whitelisted by the game developer, your game would still run the default non game-intensive setting. There are lots of phones whitelisted by pubg to not run 60fps in midrange, especially the Chinese-made phones but it's known that if usera would use gfxtools to push 60fps, their device is more than capable.

DroidBoye, 25 Mar 2020Your device might be capable but needs to be whitelisted by the ... moreBut the article says: According to Qualcomm, the new optimizations can decrease GPU strain by as much as 40% while providing faster [frame rates] and improved battery life on supported devices.
Google and Qualcomm are already collaborating with multiple game studios including Gameloft[Asphalt 9].

So I thought it would help Gameloft whitelist all flagships and powerful enough midrange.

Shadocx, 25 Mar 2020I get your point, but some flagships like the Galaxy Note 9, S10... moreYour device might be capable but needs to be whitelisted by the game devs. Same happens on PUBG and Fortnite. This issue is not driver dependent.

wasox, 25 Mar 2020Well, good news for us all who have a flagship device! Very go... moreIndeed, when flagship soc devices are available at 300$ its indeed a good news.

LG Superfan, 25 Mar 2020I think the cap is due to online multiplayer because not everyon... moreI get your point, but some flagships like the Galaxy Note 9, S10 and Note 10 series and Xperia 1 have 60 FPS option in the settings.

Shadocx, 25 Mar 2020Okay, I hope this will help making Asphalt 9 run at 60 FPS on mo... moreI think the cap is due to online multiplayer because not everyone has a flagahip phone so to even up things a bit, that's my speculation it could be something else

  • Anonymous

Anonymous, 25 Mar 2020I give this 6 to 8 months before it's axed or put into life supp... moreThats the Android way.