Qualcomm is finally launching new, smaller smartwatch chips

Qualcomm Optimizes Chips for New Google Android P Operating System

Despite Qualcomm's work with Google on Android P "pre-integration", the ball remains in the court of OEMs like Samsung, and carriers to push these updates through to consumers.

I remember my Moto 360 2nd-gen was surprisingly stable, though not ideal, when the Android Wear 1.5 update came out. But Google does have improvements lined up for its Wear OS platform this year. Beyond those aspects, it's tough to gauge whether or not Wear OS has enough gas in the tank to really make a significant impact in the smartwatch industry - one that's largely dominated by the Apple Watch.

It is also being speculated that the upcoming chipset will feature a small processor, unlike the previously used Snapdragon 2100's 28nm. A quick press on the side button shows the date and time in large numeral, along with a red battery icon to indicate the mode. Qualcomm is finally readying a new smartwatch chip for release this fall.

This all follows on from Google's first developer preview that landed in March and began bringing Android P features to the wearable platform.

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Search giant Google rolled out the second Developer Preview of its Wear OS at its annual developer conference I/O 2018.

Kedia also mentioned that the new chip is going to be "designed from the ground up for a no-compromises smartwatch experience", which should in theory enable OEMs to develop smaller smartwatches with improved battery life. My presumption is that the coming months will see a couple of more previews with new features as Google prepares the final build for its next major Wear OS update.

The new chips are also set to have Bluetooth and Wi-Fi as standard, while LTE connectivity will appear on "many" watches, the publication reported. Current smartwatches only light up when you look at them, but are blank or using the Ambient Display mode when you aren't.

No, there's nothing inherently wrong with the Snapdragon wear 2100, save for it's a bit long in the tooth now given it debuted back in February 2016. Not because the name sucked, as Wear OS does do a better job of reflecting the platform's support for both Android and iOS devices.

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