Oppo is one of the few tech corporations to take a swing at the Driver update application process. Drivers are the bits of software that allow operating systems to take advantage of hardware capabilities.
While desktop driver updates for individual hardware pieces are rolled out by one single OS manufacturer, it is vastly different for smartphones. Updates for drivers and other low-level components are rolled into a single firmware update that has to go through a long process of testing and certification, even for the smallest changes in smartphones.
Google and Qualcomm are working on projects that allow them to roll out driver updates using their own software, ‘Google Play Store’ and ‘SnapDragon 865’ respectively. This gives them a significant advantage over the competition where the opportunity has been taken only by a handful of tech companies.
Oppo is one of those OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers), allowing users of Find X2 and Find X2 Pro to update their Graphics Driver by simply installing a dedicated updater app. This app is called the Adreno 650 GPU driver updater app and is labeled as “OplusGpudriver“.
According to sources at XDA Developers, the app contains a bunch of GPU drivers from Qualcomm along with OpenGL ES and Vulkan related libraries. This feature is only available in China now, and downloading the apk file into international devices does not work.
Xiaomi also did the same a few months ago, allowing users to update Mali GPUs using Google Play Store. These new capabilities seem to be limited to Chinese models, and the exact changes in the driver update have not yet been made public.