This platform will significantly change the Wear OS ecosystem, what you expect from a smartwatch. A decent system-on-chip could put Wear OS smartwatches back on the map if everything goes according to plan. A quick press of the side button will show the time and a longer press will restore functionality. Qualcomm is finally readying a new smartwatch chip for release this fall.
This joint effort aims to expand global availability, as well as accelerate the availability of key new enhancements to consumers, such as multi-camera support, display cutout support, indoor navigation, HDR, among others.
The chips promise better battery life and will enable smaller watch designs, a company executive said.
Right now, there is an aging chip inside Wear OS smartwatches: the Qualcomm-branded Snapdragon Wear 2100.
It looks like Qualcomm's chipsets are now more compatible with Project Treble, which is Google's new hardware interface architecture for Android that aims to make updates easier for manufacturers. The new chip is created to be smaller (as you would expect considering the 2100 used a 28nm build process) resulting in smaller smartwatches and provide a full fitness experience, all while making the battery last longer. The new chipset will be available in multiple variations with all having Bluetooth and Wi-Fi while fitness-oriented chips will also include Global Positioning System. 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!
This new chip could be the boost Wear OS needs to return to relevancy.