Qualcomm's Feeling the Heat Over Its Android Smartwatch Chips - Gizmodo
Jul 21, 2021 51 secs
There are a lot of reasons why Google’s Wear OS smartwatch platform has stagnated over the years, but a major factor was that the majority of its smartwatches were running on outdated processors from Qualcomm.

Citing an increased interest in the space, Qualcomm says it’s “significantly growing [its] investments in leading-edge ground-up silicon” and its accelerator program is meant to help wearable makers brainstorm how to deliver a good experience, for less money and with faster production times.

Up until now, it’s been unclear what Qualcomm was planning to do after Google and Samsung’s huge announcement that they were partnering on a new unified wearable platform.

That doesn’t bode entirely well for its current Snapdragon Wear 4100/4100+ platform, which has thus far been used in only two smartwatches despite launching more than a year ago.

It’s well known that the Apple Watch is the most successful smartwatch by sales, but this is a stark illustration of how the gap with Android smartwatches has only been widening.


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