Qualcomm Working on New Chips for Wear OS Smartwatches, Coming This Fall

Judy Cobb
May 10, 2018

This week, Wareable caught up with Pankaj Kedia, Qualcomm's senior director of wearables, to talk about the future and if Qualcomm has any plans to help revive Android wearables. We've heard about a hybrid LG watch with mechanical hands and a touchscreen, which could be exactly what is being hinted at here.

So there's hope for Wear OS users to get a core hardware platform that modernises their next smartwatch purchase.

Qualcomm announced Tuesday it has partnered with Google to implement the next-generation Android P operating system on its latest mobile processor platforms. He said the platform "will be the first with purpose-built chips" and will have several variations - manufacturers can choose from the selection, depending on how they want people to use their watches. Qualcomm has been working on the tech for over two years and it has involved a whole rethink of the system architecture. The 2100 promised us smaller smartwatches, but in the fullness of time the Wear OS choices for women have proved to be poor.

Another promised improvement includes a "significant" battery life upgrade both in use and when not being used. If it can even eke out another day, Wear OS will have the edge on the Apple Watch two more on top of that and it's competing with Samsung. Google focused instead on selling the aging technology via established watch and fashion brands: Guess, Hugo BOSS, Tommy Hilfiger, Louis Vuitton, and Armani all sell branded Google Wear OS wrist-bling.

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Among other features, Kedia said that the new platform will bring the "best fitness and watch experience" and extend the existing battery life.

The new Qualcomm chipset will be unveiled this fall, along with a flagship device in the category.

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

Wear OS is exhausted and this new chipset will hopefully deliver it a shot in the arm which can not come soon enough. "It is working, we are shipping samples to our customers".

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