Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Wear 2100 was first released in February 2016 which is ancient for chips, and there are mutterings that the old chip is what is holding Wear OS gear back.
Pankaj Kedia, Qualcomm’s senior wearables director, told Wareable that the company would announce updated watch-focused silicon this Autumn alongside a flagship device, with “several partners” set to release Wear OS watches based on the new chips by the holidays.
Kedia said the third-generation processors would be “designed from the ground up for a no-compromises smartwatch experience”. Hopefully, this will result in smaller watches with better battery life.
Qualcomm is apparently also designing the chips to work more effectively with always-on displays.
“A smartwatch is first and foremost a watch — it needs to look good, it needs to be sleek, it needs to look good when I’m looking at it or when I’m not looking at it”, Kedia said.
“It cannot be static when I’m not looking at it, it cannot be black and white when I’m not looking at it. So when we talk to Fossil consumers and Michael Kors consumers, they want a no-compromises smartwatch.”