Wear OS Attempts Another Comeback This Fall, Thanks to New Qualcomm Chip
10 May, 2018, 14:34 | Author: Lynette Payne
Treble aims to offer faster Android updates by separating the hardware code from core OS code. Those changes are small, however, and none of the updates solve the biggest problems about Wear OS watches: the ultra-slow processor that powers all of them, and the underwhelming health and fitness features that lag behind rival smartwatches. That was when the chip-maker released the Snapdragon Wear 2100 system. To switch back to full mode, a long press on the same button will do that for you.
Qualcomm's Senior Wearables Director Pankaj Kedia revealed the development of the new platform for Wear OS smartwatches in a conversation with Wareable.
Another promised improvement includes a "significant" battery life upgrade both in use and when not being used.
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.
The second Developer Preview of the Wear OS is also based on Android P and comes with support for Actions on Google and more power-related enhancements including a new battery saver mode. Back in 2016, Qualcomm announced a significant update as it announced the Snapdragon 2100, which is now being used in nearly every Wear OS watch. On top of that, several manufacturing partners will have Wear OS watches with the new SoC by the holidays. Yes, you can still use Google Assistant to provide relevant information to your questions and requests, such as asking for the weather, but now you can use it to turn on the lights, tell your vacuum robot to start cleaning, and much more! A Wear OS watch now struggles to make it past a working day, but Qualcomm says this will improve with the new generation chip. All of them will have Bluetooth and Wi-Fi as standard, fitness and sports-oriented chips will have Global Positioning System and some of them will have LTE.
The Snapdragon 400 that powered the first Wear devices were originally phones chips with slight customizations.
Wear OS is exhausted and this new chipset will hopefully deliver it a shot in the arm which can not come soon enough.
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