Qualcomm Opens Snapdragon Spaces XR Platform for Developers


Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. has opened Snapdragon Spaces XR Developer Platform for global developers to download. Introduced back in November 2021, Snapdragon Spaces offers proven technology and an open, cross-device horizontal platform and ecosystem to bring developers’ ideas to life and revolutionize the possibilities of headworn AR.

Qualcomm Technologies is a key enabler of the metaverse with continued investments and research in extended reality (XR). In addition to downloading Snapdragon Spaces, developers can now purchase a hardware development kit to begin creating headworn augmented reality (AR) experiences on commercial hardware. These efforts demonstrate Qualcomm Technologies’ commitment to fuel XR innovations as we journey to the metaverse.

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Snapdragon Spaces, Now Available for Download

Developers can begin creating new experiences using Snapdragon Spaces at spaces.qualcomm.com. Downloading the Snapdragon Spaces platform will unlock the foundational tools to create 3D applications for AR glasses from the ground-up, add headworn AR features to existing 2D Android smartphone applications and more. With early access developers already building on Snapdragon Spaces and providing real-time feedback, the journey towards headworn AR experiences that seamlessly blend the lines between our physical and digital worlds is becoming a reality.

“We worked with many AR systems for Unity and we were so happy to see, that with Snapdragon Spaces, we needed to make very little changes in the standard ARFoundation setup to start building Active AR games, such as FlinkAAR, to bring a new way to game to players around the world,” said Tim Friedland, CEO of forwARdgame.

“Snapdragon Spaces enables us at Overlay with easy-to-use tools to bring our augmented reality applications to more consumers on more platforms,” said Javier Davalos, Overlay XR lead. “We are excited to see what our fellow developers will create with this platform.”

Incrementally, the Snapdragon Spaces™ Pathfinder Program, designed to support AR innovators on this new frontier of spatial computing, has funded its first cohort of developer projects. As part of the program, they will get early access platform technology, project funding, co-marketing opportunities and hardware development kits. Pathfinder recipients include Arvizio, Beatshapers, CareAR, Cognition Labs, Designium, Digital Dream Labs, eyecandylab, Flow Immersive, Holo-Light, homeAR, Inception XR, Interwoven Worlds,, Merge Labs, MSM.digital, NeuroLab, SYMMETRICAL, Syncreality, Trace 3d, VictoryXR, Volucap, WE/AR Studio, WilcoxMedia and Zoe Immersive.

Developer Hardware Kit for Purchase

The first devices to support Snapdragon Spaces are now available in a hardware development kit that includes the Lenovo ThinkReality A3 smart glasses coupled with a motorola edge+ (2022)1 . Light, powerful and versatile, the ThinkReality A3 smart glasses are powered by the Snapdragon® XR1 Platform and feature an 8MP RGB camera to provide 1080p high-quality video and dual fish-eye cameras for room-scale tracking.

The motorola edge+ (2022) brings the unparalleled performance of the Snapdragon® 8 Gen 1 Mobile Platform. The two devices pair seamlessly to give developers full access to Snapdragon Spaces and endless opportunities to explore.

Further solidifying Qualcomm Technologies’ commitment to the metaverse, Qualcomm Ventures has made investments in Tripp, Inc., a company building mindful metaverse and echo3D, Inc., a cloud platform for 3D and XR content management and distribution. These investments highlight our interest in supporting transformative companies building next generation experiences in immersive, XR mediums including augmented reality, mixed reality and virtual reality. In this new era of spatial computing, the previously announced Snapdragon Metaverse Fund hopes to help enable and foster innovation across the entire ecosystem through venture investment by Qualcomm Ventures and developer ecosystem grants for content projects by Qualcomm Technologies.