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Android's next release will include GPU-focused tech for PC quality graphics

Android's next release will include the graphics-focused technologies designed to boost mobile GPU performance and bring PC-like gaming capabilities to mobile phones and tablets.

The Android Extension Pack technology supports tessellation, geometry shaders, texture compression and more. Google is working with hardware manufacturers like ARM, Imagination Technologies, Nvidia and Qualcomm on the technology. It will be available to consumers this fall with Android's L release. Developers will have access to the technology soon.

At its I/O developer conference where it debuted the Android Extension Pack this morning, Google showed a demo of Unreal Engine 4's desktop pipeline running on Nvidia Tegra hardware, showing off water reflections and lighting effects.

"Quite literally, this is PC gaming graphics in your pocket," said Dave Burke, Android engineering director at Google.

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