Despite being an older flagship, the Samsung Galaxy S20 and Note 20 are still among the fastest smartphone models in the market. They still perform very smoothly when running any game. Samsung wants to improve gaming experience further by releasing driver update for the GPU. The update is available for the Snapdragon and Exynos versions of both smartphone models. For the moment, Samsung chooses the Galaxy S20 and Note 20 for the driver update. However, the company has a plan to expand its GPU driver support for other models, including the Galaxy S21 and various mid-range models. For the release of these GPU drivers, Samsung are working with Qualcomm, ARM and Google. It appears that GameDriver app gives us a new way of updating the performance of hardware. For specific games, the performance of GPU should be better and more stable. It is possible that the same way of updating hardware drivers will be followed by other manufacturers in the industry.
Mobile games are becoming much more graphics-intensive, so they will depend more on GPU. So, it becomes increasingly necessary for phone makers to roll out software updates. It will be an interesting development if phone makers release updates just like what Nvidia and AMD are doing for their desktop and mobile GPUs. Samsung isn’t the first one in the industry that releases driver updates for GPU. Earlier in 2020, Qualcomm announced that it will release GPU driver updates for its Snapdragon chipsets that have integrated Adreno GPU. This software support is available through the Snapdragon Elite Gaming feature. Through collaboration with various game studios, Qualcomm’s support was first available for the Pixel and Pixel 4L. In the recent past, Xiaomi and Oppo are also working on a similar solution. Getting the update is easy for Samsung Galaxy S20 and Note 20 users. They can directly download the app from Google Play Store. At the moment, the GameDriver app will improve Call of Duty Mobile, Fortnite and Black Desert.
The Samsung Galaxy S20 and Note 20 have two different GPUs, Mali-G77 MP11 and Adreno 650, depending whether the model uses Snapdragon or Exynos chipsets. ARM Mali-G77 MP11 is the integrated GPU for Samsung’s Exynos 990 chipset for the international version of Galaxy S20 and Note 20. With Valhal architecture, this GPU offers 30 percent better performance and efficiency improvements, compared to the earlier Mali GPU. The Qualcomm Adreno 650 is the integrated GPU for Snapdragon 865 for the Galaxy S20 and Snapdragon 865+ for the Note 20 (US versions). Compared to the Adreno 640, found in the Snapdragon 855, it offers 25 percent better performance. The Adreno 650 supports up to 144Hz refresh rate for exceptional gaming experience. Qualcomm has released regular GPU updates through Google Play Store. So, if you have a smartphone with Snapdragon 865 or 865+, regardless of the manufacturer, it is a good thing to check for possible software updates. The driver installation procedure should be easy and you need to restart the phone after the update.