There are a lot of reasons why Google’s Wear OS smartwatch platform has stagnated over the years, but a major factor was that the majority of its smartwatches were running on outdated processors from Qualcomm.
But now that Google and Samsung have partnered to build a new platform—and Samsung’s new watches are rumored to feature a beefy new processor—it seems like Qualcomm’s finally feeling pressure, announcing it will “roll out new Snapdragon Wear platforms” in the next year.
Citing an increased interest in the space, Qualcomm says it’s “significantly growing [its] investments in leading-edge ground-up silicon” and its accelerator program is meant to help wearable makers brainstorm how to deliver a good experience, for less money and with faster production times.
Up until now, it’s been unclear what Qualcomm was planning to do after Google and Samsung’s huge announcement that they were partnering on a new unified wearable platform.
The new Wear OS is expected to arrive next month on two Samsung smartwatches, but as of yet, there’s no clear timeline as to when existing Wear OS watches might get an upgrade—if they get one at all.
(Google recently updated the current Wear OS’s Play Store, hinting it plans to support the platform for a while yet.) Meanwhile, Qualcomm’s messaging has been...
That doesn’t bode entirely well for its current Snapdragon Wear 4100/4100+ platform, which has thus far been used in only two smartwatches despite launching more than a year ago.
The Fossil Gen 6 will likely run on the 4100, as the group confirmed the watch would run on the new Wear OS, and yet another flagship watch on the 3100 would be beyond ridiculous.
It’s well known that the Apple Watch is the most successful smartwatch by sales, but this is a stark illustration of how the gap with Android smartwatches has only been widening.
We’ll have to see what comes next, as Qualcomm hasn’t impressed in this space for a long time and Samsung has already thrown down the gauntlet with a rumored 5nm Exynos chip.
1 week, 1 day ago by Masoumeh Shafiei