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Samsung Explains Extended Reality Devices of The Future

On the occasion of today’s “Unpacked” event, Samsung gave a glimpse of a new ecosystem of “extended reality” devices. Together with Google and Qualcomm, they want to introduce smart glasses and XR headsets that run on a customized version of Android.

As TM Roh, head of Samsung’s device division, just announced during the Samsung Unpacked event in San Francisco, the three companies are jointly planning “Next Generation Experiences” for so-called XR products. In this case, “Mixed Reality” is planned with XR, so you are striving towards a mixture of mixed and virtual reality.

Qualcomm supplies the chips, Google the software, and Samsung the hardware

The partners have not yet given any exact details, but it is to be expected that Qualcomm will contribute the powerful ultra-mobile ARM processors of its Snapdragon XR series, while Samsung forms the whole thing together with its in-house displays into finished products and Android forms the right one’s Android software supplies.

In an interview with the Washington Post, TM Roh explained that Google is already working on a kind of slimmed-down Android operating system suitable for use on new types of devices such as “wearable displays”. He was referring to a new version of the operating system that has not yet been officially announced.

During the Unpacked event, too, the partners were noticeably reluctant to provide more information but made it clear that they wanted to provide more detailed information in a timely manner. The timing is not necessarily surprising, as there have been rumors for a long time that Apple also wants to launch its first VR or XR headset this year.

Google, Qualcomm, and Samsung all have some experience with VR or AR products. Google already offered Google Glass years ago its own AR headset years ago, while Samsung always sold suitable VR glasses for use with its smartphones until a few years ago. Meanwhile, Qualcomm is supplying the chips for more and more VR headsets, most recently for the Meta Quest 2 from Facebook’s parent company Meta.