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Qualcomm Announces Collaboration With Ecosystem Leaders

Its first batch of customers include high-end watchmakers Fossil Group, Louis Vuitton, Montblanc

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US-based chip maker Qualcomm Technologies on Tuesday announced a series of collaborations with ecosystem leaders to boost the growth of wearables such as smartwatches, kid watches, and smart trackers based on the company’s Snapdragon Wear platforms.

At its 4G/5G summit here, Qualcomm said that it was working with leading original design manufacturers (ODMs) and ecosystem players, including Taipei-headquartered Compal Electronics and China-based Longcheer on smartwatches.

On 4G kid watches, Qualcomm announced partnerships with China’s Huaqin and Thundersoft. It tied up with US-based Franklin Wireless on 4G smart trackers, and with French wireless communication software provider Smartcom on 4G connected end-to-end solutions.

The ecosystem collaborations aim to support a range of customers to develop next-generation wearable devices based on the Snapdragon Wear family of platforms, including the recently announced Snapdragon Wear 3100 for Wear operating system (OS) by Google smartwatches, Snapdragon Wear 2500 for open source Android based 4G kid watches and Snapdragon Wear 1100 and 1200 for smart tracking solutions.

“We think Snapdragon Wear 3100 can change the arc of Wear OS based smartwatches because we are focused on two things — to make the smartwatches more useful and make it last longer,” Pankaj Kedia, Senior Director, Product Marketing, Qualcomm Technologies told reporters here.

Qualcomm is an American multinational semiconductor and telecommunications equipment company.
Qualcomm is an American multinational semiconductor and telecommunications equipment company. Wikimedia Commons

Snapdragon Wear 3100 is based on a new ultra-low power system architecture, designed to bring new experiences and support for extended battery life in Wear OS by Google based smartwatches.

Its first batch of customers include high-end watchmakers Fossil Group, Louis Vuitton, Montblanc.

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“The wearables space is an exciting and fast-growing segment. Our Snapdragon Wear family of platforms bring key innovations in low power, small size, smart sensing, and superior connectivity to help transform the industry and drive growth across smartwatch, kid watch, and smart tracking segments,” Kedia said.

“Working closely with leading ODMs and ecosystem players is essential to expand the wearables ecosystem and help our customers to bring new, innovative wearable products to consumers worldwide,” he added. (IANS)

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Qualcomm To Announce A New Chip Especially For Kids’ Smartwatches

The new chip would be smaller than the prior "Wear chips"

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Qualcomm To Announce A New Chip Especially For Kids' Smartwatches
Qualcomm To Announce A New Chip Especially For Kids' Smartwatches. Pixabay

Global chipmaker Qualcomm is likely to announce a new chip called “Snapdragon Wear 2500” that is especially designed for kids’ smartwatches.

The new chip would be smaller than the prior “Wear chips” and is supposed to provide slightly better battery life.

“The chip supports LTE, up to a 5-megapixel camera, location tracking and plenty of other sensors,” The Verge reported late on Tuesday.

“Kids’ watches are built to give kids the ability to keep learning and connecting with gadgets when they leave the house and find themselves in school, where they aren’t always beside a computer,” Pankaj Kedia, who leads wearables at Qualcomm, was quoted as saying.

However, “Snapdragon Wear 2500,” would not support Google’s smartwatch operating system (OS) “Wear OS”.

Instead, it would be paired with a custom version of Android that Qualcomm has built for kids’ watches called “Android for Kids” that would come preloaded with apps and games.

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Qualcomm has started providing the “Wear 2500” to hardware partners and Huawei could be among the first partners, the report said.

Qualcomm is also planning to launch its next general-purpose smartwatch chip meant for “Wear OS” watches “but there is no word on when that would happen as of now”.

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The chipmaker announced its last processor for wearables, the “Snapdragon Wear 2100,” in February 2016. (IANS)