Chipmaker Qualcomm introduced a new, faster processor on Friday, in anticipation of 5G internet speed.
The combination of better chips and faster connections could make streaming data so fast "you'll never need a USB cable again," Qualcomm CEO Steven Mollenkopf told an audience at technology trade show CES in Las Vegas.
The new 835 Snapdragon processor, the first ever under 10 nanometers, can be used in mobile devices to power virtual reality, Mollenkopf said on Friday.
The new technology is an update to the line that includes Qualcomm's 820 processor, which currently powers high-end Android smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, LGV20, HTC 10, and BlackBerry's Android device. Qualcomm's 821 Snapdragon powers the Google Pixel.
Combined with new, faster internet speeds, phones will soon be able to do tasks like streaming live 360-degree videos, the company demonstrated during a keynote speech.
"It's an exhilarating moment not just for the technology industry but for everyone…5G isn't an incremental improvement… 5G will be a new kind of network," Mollenkopf said, adding: "Streaming video will get a lot better."
The 5G internet connection will widen the "pipes" that deliver data, relieving a bottleneck that's being created by an explosion of streaming, said David Cole, co-founder and CEO of Qualcomm partner NextVR. It will help virtual reality companies reduce motion blurs and allow users to "walk around" within a VR world without encountering errors.
"VR is the least forgiving medium ever created," Cole said in the speech. "Magnifying lenses in the VR headset amplify the error…disrupting the feeling of being immersed."