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Processor update might make Google's Wear OS a better Apple Watch competitor

Qualcomm talks new smartwatch chip Qualcomm Optimizes Chips for New Google Android P Operating System
Allan Lindsey | 10 May, 2018, 14:33

Google Fit, the Wear OS workout-tracking app, puts music controls directly inside the app so you can swipe down to adjust the volume or skip tracks instead of switching between the Fit and Music apps. And now it lies in my cupboard collecting dust.

What about the mystery smartwatch that will showcase the new Qualcomm chip?

It's 2018 and Google is still struggling with wearables.

Google is pushing out some key updates for developers at its I/O conference this week.

We're also seeing the introduction of a new enhanced battery-saver mode, which seriously puts your smartwatch on ice when engaged, killing radios, touch input, and tilt-to-wake functionality all in one go. There's no denying that Google is putting some serious effort in deepening the experience with Wear OS, but we're crossing our fingers that it'll continue to provide that condensed smartphone experience through smartwatches.

It's no secret that Google's smartwatch platform hasn't had a lot of recent success. Battery life is also expected to be improved by a substantial margin. A long press allows the user to switch back to a fully-operational mode and perform tasks such as paying with NFC or replying to a message.

Custom routines for Google Assistant are going live
It would also teach children to use polite language when interacting with the Google Assistant's " Pretty Please feature". Google's voice assistant has six new voices, including a gender neutral option and one from John Legend .

Wear OS got nary a mention at Google's I/O keynote this year. "For instance, if you ask the Assistant on your watch for the weather, it will give you the answer followed by questions that you might ask like, 'What about tomorrow?" or "How will it be next week?" This is not exclusive to the preview, and is also hitting Wear 2.0 users at large. How much? We don't know yet, but changes to the way the Ambient Display where the watch face stays visible on the screen all the time works will be part of the improved efficiency. OEMs including Xiaomi, vivo, Sony Mobile, OPPO and OnePlus have announced plans to make the developer preview of Android P available on their devices. While Apple seems to be doing well enough with its Apple Watch line, Wear OS (formerly Android Wear) never had a lead watch that could really help with adoption.

With that, we already know that LG is preparing a new smartwatch which has already passed through FCC. Anticipating the launch of Android P soon, Qualcomm has partnered with Google to make sure that their current mobile platforms are able to handle the upgrade.

The Snapdragon Wear 2100 was built on a 28nm manufacturing process in 2016, but the website says Qualcomm is now working on something more "front-line". It was built for the wearable platform, but came with outdated tech. Qualcomm's senior chief of wearables, Pankaj Kedia affirmed the dispatch and furthermore featured a few highlights.

The next generation, which expected to arrive later during the year, will be goal built, and we can expect to have different variations.

All chips will have Bluetooth and Wi-Fi as standard, while fitness and sports-focused chips will have Global Positioning System. This does presume that all Wear OS devices will have at least one button.

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