Qualcomm to build new Wear OS chips

Android P for mobile platforms

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"Project Treble is the new hardware interface architecture for Android that is created to make platform updates easier for device manufacturers", said Dave Burke, vice president of engineering, Google.

Perhaps the most exciting part is the confirmation there will be high-tech Wear OS watches to follow later this year including that flagship product, and considering the start of 2018 has been quiet from Google's smartwatch platform that will be a good sign for smartwatch lovers everywhere.

Speaking to Qualcomm's senior director of wearables, Pankaj Kedia, Wareable blog confirmed Qualy's third-generation wearable gadget processor would be ready in the autumn and come in different variants - some with Global Positioning System, some without.

Describing the 2100 as "aging" is too polite a term, built on a 28nm manufacturing process, it was outdated when it launched back in February 2016.

Kedia said that unlike Qualcomm's old chip that's merely a modified phone SoC, the upcoming one was built "from the ground up".

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Qualcomm also stated that the new Watch OS silicon would allow for smaller smartwatches. All the variants of the chipset will have Bluetooth and Wi-Fi as standard, while the fitness versions will sport Global Positioning System as well.

A change in chip architecture and design could result in the next Snapdragon Wear paving the way for more battery-efficient smartwatches with more interesting or practical designs that boost the appeal of Wear OS devices without compromising on their connectivity or potential processing power. We've heard about a hybrid LG watch with mechanical hands and a touchscreen, which could be exactly what is being hinted at here.

Another promised improvement includes a "significant" battery life upgrade both in use and when not being used. A longer battery life also means fitness devices' heart sensors, motion trackers and other features will be able to last longer.

Tell me, would you be interested in a smartwatch if it looked more like a normal watch?

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