Smart watches based on Android are going to get much better, all because of Qualcomm. The chip-maker, which already dominates the smartphone market, announced its first wearable-focused processor on Thursday.
The Snapdragon Wear 2100 is ready to power the next generation of Android Wear devices.
It has a better battery life, using 25 percent less power than the Snapdragon 400 currently used in most of the smart watch models. It is also 30 percent thinner, allowing for sleeker smartwatch designs.
The chip comes in two main variants. One with the Bluetooth or Wi-Fi connection, along with an LTE chip that can connect your smartwatch directly to the internet.
The Snapdragon 2100 is also designed to work with sport watches, connected headsets and even smart eyewear.
Qualcomm says it has already partnered with a quite a companies to develop Snapdragon's new wearable devices. This includes LG, which plans to launch a new wearable device later this year.
The company is also offering software, support tools and even reference designs along with the new chip. Hopefully that means we’ll see plenty of sleek new Android Wear devices hit the market in 2016 and beyond.
“We are delighted about Qualcomm Technologies’ next generation wearable plans,” said LG’s wearable chief David Yoon.
He also said that they are planning to extend their collaboration with the new Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor.