While the first beta version of Android P is now available for a handful of devices, Qualcomm has announced that it has worked with Google to build a "streamlined implementation of Android P" for devices running on the Snapdragon series of processors. Google Fit, the Wear OS workout-tracking app, puts music controls directly inside the app so you can swipe down to adjust the volume or skip tracks instead of switching between the Fit and Music apps. With the introduction of Google Assistant for the WearOS platform, Google has tried improving the user experience.
Qualcomm says they have been working on the new chip since the 2100, but delays have occurred due to them rethinking the system architecture altogether.
Qualcomm's Senior Wearables Director Pankaj Kedia revealed the development of the new platform for Wear OS smartwatches in a conversation with Wareable. There's also a new enhanced battery saver mode.
The chips promise better battery life and will enable smaller watch designs, a company executive said.
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On the positive side, Google's already superior Assistant gets some attention, with richer Cards allowing the user to interact with content, and support for Google Actions. The new chip is created to be smaller (as you would expect considering the 2100 used a 28nm build process) resulting in smaller smartwatches and provide a full fitness experience, all while making the battery last longer.
Kedia said that the Snapdragon 2100 is based on 28nm and was presented in February 2016, so it is a somewhat old processor.
Back when it was still called Android Wear, smartwatches ran first on a phone processor with most of its CPU cores disabled, then later on Qualcomm's Wear 2100 chip.
The new chips are also set to have Bluetooth and Wi-Fi as standard, while LTE connectivity will appear on "many" watches, the publication reported. And Kedia is right in that smartwatches look bad when you aren't using them. Project Treble did help in getting quicker updates for several devices, but we'll need chip manufacturers on board if we have to fix the problem.