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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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Partnering with ecosystem leaders for growth of wearables: Qualcomm. Flickr

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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Google Invites Applications for 4th Batch of “Startups Accelerator India” Programme

Google launched its 4th batch of 'Startups Accelerator India' programme

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Google is now inviting applications for the fourth batch of Google for Startups Accelerator India programme. Pixabay

Google on Monday announced that it is inviting applications for the fourth batch of Google for Startups Accelerator India programme. This is the latest technology news.

The programme mentors early-stage startups on various aspects of their business, across the areas of technology, product strategy, marketing, UX/UI and leadership.

The last date of application is March 15, 2020, the company said in a statement.

“In July 2018, we announced the launch of Google Developers Launchpad Accelerator India. Since then, we have worked with 30 technology startups over 3 classes, that were solving for India’s most pressing problems such as sanitation, healthcare, agritech, fintech, and sustainability,” said Paul Ravindranath, Program Manager, Developer Relations, Google India.

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The programme by Google mentors early-stage startups on various aspects of their business, across the areas of technology, product strategy, marketing, UX/UI and leadership. Pixabay

“Going forward, the Launchpad Accelerator India programme will be known as Google for Startups Accelerator India. This will unify and strengthen our numerous efforts to nurture and grow the startup ecosystem under Google for Startups brand,” Ravindranath added.

According to the company, startups that use technology like AI/ML to solve systemic problems in India can submit their application by visiting ‘Google for Startups Accelerator India’ by 15th March 2020.

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Successful applicants will be notified in early April. The batch will commence with a week’s mentorship-bootcamp in April 2020, in Bengaluru, Karnataka.

At Google for Startups Accelerator India programme, a batch consisting of 10 startups receive (for three months) intense mentorship bootcamps, tech workshops, design sprints, and marketing growth labs along with the opportunities to forge crucial connections to tech teams within Google and experts in the industry. (IANS)