9/2/16

August security update brings support for the Vulkan API to the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge

Samsung has been pushing out the August security patch for the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge in Europe and North America for a little over two weeks now. However, it has today been brought to our attention that the upgrade also bundles compatibility for the Vulkan API. It’s currently unclear why the firm failed to specify this addition in the changelog, but we’re not going to look this gift horse in the mouth.

Unfortunately, there aren’t many games on the market that take advantage of the Vulkan API, and the handful that do are extremely buggy at the best of times, but as the saying goes: “Anything worth having is worth waiting for”. We’re just hoping that Samsung manages to distribute its power efficient Vulkan-based TouchWiz launcher before the end of the year otherwise the handsets are going to have a difficult time conserving battery life when displaying the enhanced graphics.

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