Today at Qualcomm‘s annual developer event they’ve just announced a brand new addition to the world of Android developers. Just like Qualcomm’s exclusive Snapdragon GamesCommand app store, or NVIDIA’s for that matter, they’ve today released the Snapdragon SDK to help developers dive further into the S4 platform and beyond.

While this might not effect the average user daily, you can expect to see further app development and tighter integration with the Snapdragon platform. The Snapdragon SDK for Android allows developers to tap into various features available on the hardware platform that were previously unavailable thanks to new APIs. This will bring better performance to many of their apps and more.

The first release is only available for the current flagship Snapdragon S4 8960 processor, but Qualcomm say more will be added over time. Some of these API’s include facial recognition, zero shutter lag burst mode, better audio with surround sound recording and more can all be added to additional devices or apps. We’ve seen some of these features on the HTC One X and the Galaxy S III, but this is just one more way Qualcomm is bringing more features to the devices they power.

If you’d like to learn more Qualcomm is directing developers to their SDK and more at their Developer Network, and you can follow progress at the @Qualcomm_Dev Twitter account.