Qualcomm began work on the new platform immediately following the launch of the 2100, and has used the intervening years to observe consumers and brands expectations and requirements within the wearables landscape. However, we're curious to know if Wear OS can match Apple's watchOS in terms of its apps support. With the introduction of Google Assistant for the WearOS platform, Google has tried improving the user experience. While the list of new features isn't as long as its smartphone version, Wear OS ' Android P update is promising to address one of the biggest gripes smartwatch users have: a shorter than ideal battery life.
It's been 2 years since Qualcomm released that 2100 and no one has stepped up to release anything to compete with it.
"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.
Wear OS' second battery saving measure is an enhanced battery saver mode. In relation to battery life, Kedia elaborated further going on to say "You'll see improved battery life when interacting with the watch, but also more importantly, when you're not". Google also changed its development schedule to bring more frequent minor updates after criticism of long delays between major releases. Kedia also stated that "several partners" will be launching products by the holiday season of this year.
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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. The SoCs will come in different variations, all with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi and some with Global Positioning System and LTE.
Google showcased a demo where you could control the lights around your house by talking to the Assistant on your smartwatch.
This new chip could be the boost Wear OS needs to return to relevancy.