The rebrand of Android Wear to Wear OS in March was just that, a rebrand. Google has renamed the operating system as Wear OS. The chip maker has mainly leveraged Project Treble, which is aimed to offer faster Android updates by separating the hardware code from the core OS code.
"We are excited to work with Google to pre-integrate our software with Android P, making it production ready for OEMs", said Mike Genewich, director, product management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.
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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 next platform will be the first with purpose-built chips", said Kedia. Actions let users get things done through a conversational interface that can range from a quick command to turn on some lights or a longer conversation, such as playing a trivia game.
The developer preview also adds support for Actions on Google, which should better allow Google Assistant to control smart home devices from your wrist, and it's a feature that will be rolled out to all Wear 2.0 devices when it's out of preview - you won't need Android P to get it. Google also changed its development schedule to bring more frequent minor updates after criticism of long delays between major releases.
Presumably, a new chipset launched in 2018 would features a smaller process size than the 2100's 28nm.
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Kedia didn't provide any specifics of the new chip at this point in time but did tease that it's going to "significantly change the Wear OS ecosystem".
The new chips are also set to have Bluetooth and Wi-Fi as standard, while LTE connectivity will appear on "many" watches, the publication reported.
Qualcomm is working on a new processor platform for wearable devices, replacing the aging Snapdragon 2100 chip that powers the majority of smartwatches today.
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This new chip could be the boost Wear OS needs to return to relevancy.