There are many reasons why Google Use the smartwatch OS platform for years, but the main factor is that most of his smart watches are obsolete processor from Qualcomm. But now Google and Samsung have work together to build new platforms—And Samsung’s new watch is rumored to be unveiled great new processor– It looks like Qualcomm is finally feeling the pressure, announcing that it will “launch a new Snapdragon Wear platform” next year.
The news came through a press release announced Qualcomm Wearables Ecosystem Driver Program. Citing increased interest in the space, Qualcomm said that it is “growing significantly [its] investment in cutting -edge silicone “and its accelerator program aims to help thoughtful garment makers deliver a better experience, with less money and with faster production times. More than 60 companies have supposedly signed up, including Arm, Fossil, Mobvoi, Oppo, Verizon, and Vodafone.
To date, it’s unclear what Qualcomm plans after Google and Samsung’s massive announcement that they are collaborating on a new wearable platform. The new Wear OS is expected to arrive next month on two Samsung smart watch, but to date, there’s no clear timeline of when existing Wear OS watches might get an upgrade – if they did at all. (Google recently update the current Play Store Wear OS, signaling it plans to support the platform for a while.) Meanwhile, Qualcomm orders have … mix, at least.
One question is what does Qualcomm mean when it says it is launching a new platform. If they’re referring to a new SoC, hoo boy. That’s not a good sign for the current Snapdragon Wear 4100/4100 + platform, which so far has only been used two smart watch though launched more than a year ago. The Gen 6 fossil will likely run at 4100, as the group confirmed the watch will run on the new Wear OS, and another major watch at 3100 would be ridiculous. Three smart hours in a year, before releasing a new SoC? That’s not enough to admit failure, but it’s not far off.
It also paints a picture of the Wear OS’s not -so -great range. Qualcomm says that for the past five years years, it shipped more than 40 million units comprise 250 wearable products. For comparison, Apple shipped 33.9 million Apple Watches in 2020 alone, an increase of 19% from the previous year. It is known that the Apple Watch is the most successful smartwatch by sales, but this is a clear picture of how the gap with Android smart watches are only getting wider.
There are positive things to take away from this. While the 4100 platform ended up being a failure, that’s a good sign that Qualcomm is doing just about anything. They dragged their legs, waiting for the two years to update 2100 to 3100-and even then they used very outdated technology. The 4100 is a significant jump from the 3100, but it’s still running with the technology first introduced more than five years ago. We must see what comes next, as Qualcomm has not been impressed in this space for a long time and Samsung has launched a challenge with rumored 5nm Exynos chip. Still, this is at least a happy sign that everyone is realize that this new Wear OS is an important opportunity that should not be wasted.