Friday, 25 May, 2018

Google, Qualcomm Partner for Faster Android P Upgrade Adoption

Qualcomm is making a new chips for Google Wear OS smartwatches Qualcomm is making a new Snapdragon Wear chip
Camille Neal | 10 May, 2018, 14:31

Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM), announced that it has worked with Google to implement its next generation operating system, Android P, on select Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ mobile platforms.

Wear OS got nary a mention at Google's I/O keynote this year. Being based on the upcoming Android release, Wear OS by Google, formerly Android Wear also by Google, is similarly getting a sneak peek. Yes, I'm talking about Qualcomm and the Snapdragon 2100 Android Wear-ready chip they made years ago.

This is described as a "power-efficient watch face", and when you're in this mode it sounds like you're basically left with a normal watch, but smart functions are easy to restore, as you can exit the enhanced battery saver mode with a long press of the side button. He said the platform "will be the first with purpose-built chips" and will have several variations - manufacturers can choose from the selection, depending on how they want people to use their watches. Over on the Android Developer blog, the company is highlighting some key features for developer preview 2, which launches this week. 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. Now, in order to do this, you'll obviously need to connect supported smart gadgets as a home control device using the Google Assistant app on your smartphone.

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Among other features, Kedia said that the new platform will bring the "best fitness and watch experience" and extend the existing battery life. However, the 2100 was outdated at launch and didn't deliver on promises of smaller watches and better performance. All the new chips will have the usual Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, and 4G LTE connections may become more commonplace.

This new chip could be the boost Wear OS needs to return to relevancy.

In regards to this latter category, Google notes that fitness brands are not happy with the current black and white ambient display as it does not look good.

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