The smartwatch market has been captured by Apple in recent years, as Android-based products or platforms like Fitbit and Tizen have failed to offer attractive products to the general public. This has also led to technological stagnation, many component manufacturers consider risky investment in development. Now that Google has returned with a rebranding for Android Wear in the Watch OS, the hardware companies seem to start to consider the development of new components again. Qualcomm, the world's leading mobile chipset maker, is now promising a new smartphone processor model
The first generations of Android based smartwatchs were equipped with Snapdragon 400 chipsets, models dedicated to mid-smartphones at that time, which led to high power consumption. The second generation of smart clocks, however, received the W2100, a chipset dedicated to smartwatch, which integrated everything needed for device operation, including modems and GPS modules. But two years have passed since the onset of this hardware platform, and intelligent clocks have stagnated
According to Pankaj Kedia, senior director of wearable at Qualcomm this autumn, the company will offer its partners a new generation of chipsets for smartwatch. It will debut with an unspecified partner, and until the holiday season, most partners will have access to the new components. While the previous chipsets were basically smartphone models adapted for a smaller format, the new model will be dedicated to the "worn" experience.
This means it will benefit from advanced sensors for monitoring user activity, improved performance for order execution, and, of course, lower power consumption. Considering that the W2100 was still based on the 28nm manufacturing process, with the new 10nm models on smartphones, we will certainly see models running at lower temperatures and requiring less power.
At the same time, it seems like the new strategy is to make more chipset models, depending on the type of device it's integrated into. All will integrate Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, but only those that will be integrated into fitness devices will also benefit from GPS. Also, not all will benefit from LTE modems. Keida spoke a little about the expectations of fashion brands that produce intelligent watches that want to be able to display something on the screen permanently without being interested in fitness. This is only possible by optimizing internal components to ensure as little power as possible.