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Do you plan to implement support Vulkan API detecion on android devices in future releases?

Yes, of course :) In fact, we've already done a bit of testing using the first Android N Preview on a Nexus 9 device. However, it doesn't seem to work yet. Most likely the next Android N Preview or the one after that will bring working Vulkan support for Nexus 9. Meanwhile, if you know of any device that has verified Vulkan support already on the market, please let us know. We've heard rumours about Galaxy S7 supporting Vulkan, but not sure which model exactly (is it the SD820 based model or the Exynos based one?)

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Yes, of course :) In fact, we've already done a bit of testing using the first Android N Preview on a Nexus 9 device. However, it doesn't seem to work yet. Most likely the next Android N Preview or the one after that will bring working Vulkan support for Nexus 9. Meanwhile, if you know of any device that has verified Vulkan support already on the market, please let us know. We've heard rumours about Galaxy S7 supporting Vulkan, but not sure which model exactly (is it the SD820 based model or the Exynos based one?)

Nexus Player has a test build with Vulkan API support. You can download it here:

https://imgtec.com/tools/powervr-early-access-program/

 

nVidia Shield Tablet has a test build too.

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nVidia Shield Tablet K1 got release update with Vulkan API support.

And in Android Developer Preview 2 it include too. ^_^

Thank you for the info. Android N Developer Preview 2 is out, but it's not yet available as an OTA update for our Nexus 9. We keep checkin' ... ;)

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We've checked the new Android N Developer Preview 2 on our Nexus 9, but the Vulkan layer doesn't seem to work properly yet. When we try to initialize Vulkan by calling vkCreateInstance, it says:

E/vulkan: failed to load vulkan hal: No such file or directory (-2)

Maybe a different device or the next preview would help. Or maybe there's a trick, maybe it is necessary to use special initialization with Vulkan for Android. We'll keep trying...

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We've recently rolled out AIDA64 for Android v1.37 app update that implements full Vulkan support. The enumerated Vulkan devices appear on the Devices page. Please note that even the latest Android N Developer Preview 3 doesn't include a Vulkan-ready nVIDIA ForceWare video driver. It would however work fine with Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P and Nexus Player. As for Samsung's Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, those devices seem to implement a strangely named Vulkan library (libvulkan_sec.so) that may not be suitable for us to use as regular Vulkan library. We'll have to check it in more details, or wait for the next S7/S7 edge system update to find out why the library is not named as libvulkan.so on those devices.

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We've checked the new Android N Developer Preview 2 on our Nexus 9, but the Vulkan layer doesn't seem to work properly yet. When we try to initialize Vulkan by calling vkCreateInstance, it says:

E/vulkan: failed to load vulkan hal: No such file or directory (-2)

Maybe a different device or the next preview would help. Or maybe there's a trick, maybe it is necessary to use special initialization with Vulkan for Android. We'll keep trying...

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We've checked the new Android N Developer Preview 2 on our Nexus 9, but the Vulkan layer doesn't seem to work properly yet. When we try to initialize Vulkan by calling vkCreateInstance, it says:

E/vulkan: failed to load vulkan hal: No such file or directory (-2)

Maybe a different device or the next preview would help. Or maybe there's a trick, maybe it is necessary to use special initialization with Vulkan for Android. We'll keep trying...

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