Qualcomm to roll out new smartwatch chip soon

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While the first beta version of Android P is now available for a handful of devices, Qualcomm has announced that it has worked with Google to build a "streamlined implementation of Android P" for devices running on the Snapdragon series of processors.

I remember my Moto 360 2nd-gen was surprisingly stable, though not ideal, when the Android Wear 1.5 update came out.

This platform will significantly change the Wear OS ecosystem, what you expect from a smartwatch.

That's because in addition to a slick new dark-themed UI, by empowering the Google Assistant in Wear OS, Google has figured out something that can set Wear OS apart from the Apple Watch or Samsung's Gear S family.

For some time, smartwatches rocking Wear OS, formerly known as Android Wear, were saddled with Qualcomm's Snapdragon Wear 2100 chipset, regardless of the brand of smartwatch they had strapped to their wrists.

Then there is an "Enhanced Battery Saver" mode where the touchscreen, tilt-to-wake gestures and the radios are all turned off.

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It is also being reported that the upcoming platform will be the first of its kind "dedicated chips" that is said to have "no compromises".

We are already starting to see some of this work pay off, with an expanded list of devices that are already compatible with the Android P developer preview, as compared to previous Android betas. Actions let users get things done through a conversational interface that can range from a quick command to turn on some lights or a longer conversation, such as playing a trivia game.

Presumably, a new chipset launched in 2018 would features a smaller process size than the 2100's 28nm. And Kedia is right in that smartwatches look bad when you aren't using them.

This all comes a couple of days after an LG Wear OS watch appears to have hit the FCC. A Wear OS watch now struggles to make it past a working day, but Qualcomm says this will improve with the new generation chip. The SoCs will come in different variations, all with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi and some with Global Positioning System and LTE.

This new chip could be the boost Wear OS needs to return to relevancy.

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