Android Wear Cuts the Creek for Ancient CPUs

Qualcomm’s latest smartwatch chip is now two years old. However, the Snapdragon Wear 2100 is still in most Android Wear smartwatches, severely slowing down the platform.How about if Apple would still incorporate an old processor of the smartwatch from two years ago? Thus, new watch models were certainly difficult to sell.So same thing it looks at the ore competitor Android Wear, because here was the processor Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 introduced exactly two years ago.

The Wear 2100 was announced in February 2016 and since then there are v on Qualcomm no new smartwatch chip anymore. Companies such as Google, LG, Huawei, Motorola and Asus can continue to bring new smartwatches to the market, but only improve on software. The hardware platform does not change. Of course, there is next to Qualcomm also Intel with the mobile Atom, which is installed in the Tag Heuer Connected, but this is hardly used.

The Wear 2100 is still manufactured in a 28nm process. If a more modern transistor manufacturing process were used, the chip could be smaller, more powerful, and still less battery-intensive. This certainly plays a role in smartwatches, which are often criticized because of their low battery life.

So it came that Apple could put itself at the top of the smartwatch market. Apple has Samsung in addition to its own development department for processors. Add to that Huawei, whose team has so far developed only smartphone SoCs. Google seems to be slowly building up a SoC department, but still there is only the Pixel Visual Core built into it in Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL.

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