Recently, Google and Samsung announced that they would be merging their respective Wear and Tizen OS to better compete in the wearables market. And now, it seems that Qualcomm will play a major role in increasing the competitiveness in the smartwatch segment by releasing new Snapdragon Wear processors soon.
For those unaware, Wear OS smartwatches have received criticism in the past were the outdated Qualcomm chips that powered them. But with Google pushing to refresh its Wear OS platform through the new merger, the American chip maker is also seeking to launch new and more powerful wearable based processors as well. At the moment, one of the newest chips includes Snapdragon 4100 and 4100+, but many OEMs have yet to adopt these chips.
In other words, many vendors still lag behind Apple who dominates the segment with its Apple Watch. Although, the chip maker announced that it plans on expanding its wearable chip portfolio by launching new Snapdragon Wear processors “across segments over the next year.” Furthermore, the company also announced its new Wearables Ecosystem Accelerator program, which would seek to have Qualcomm be at the center of the new wave of Wear OS devices.
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