Qualcomm announces that they are working with Google; more than two years after bringing the Snapdragon Wear 2100 for Android Wear smartwatches, Qualcomm is now in the headlines for preparing its new silicon to continue to support Google’s Wear OS.
Google has recently decided to rebrand Android Wear, and now it is called the Wear OS. The chipmaker is said to have also hinted that the new platform will debut alongside a flagship device sometime this fall and will be the successor of Snapdragon Wear 2100. But, unlike this SoC, which was just a modified Snapdragon 400, it will be a brand new processor made from scratch and specifically based on Wear OS.
Notably, Google didn’t showcase any new features of Wear OS at its I/O 2018 keynote on Tuesday, but among the most important features, there will be longer battery life, higher rendering speeds, higher smoothness and also more features to monitor health and fitness.
The new platform will bring the best fitness and watch experience. Over the last two years we’ve been working with many of our customers and looked at what consumers like and don’t like about products in the market. – Pankaj Kedia, Qualcomm’s senior director
The new Qualcomm SoC will be officially launched in Q4 2018 alongside a new flagship smartwatch. Moreover, Kedia didn’t mention what new advancements the new platform will offer to help Wear OS smartwatches take on Apple Watch, that is so far dominating the smartwatch market.