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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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Snapdragon by qualcomm. Flickr

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)

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Fitbit to Unveil Latest Update for its Smartwatch

Additionally, over the coming months, Fitbit will be rolling out new programs, challenges and wellness content

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Fitbit on Thursday announced new OS 4.1 software update for its smartwatch which adds new sleep features, more functionality straight from the home screen, along with new capabilities for Amazon Alexa.

The OS 4.1 update also adds a battery related feature, which will kick-in to notify when battery is running low.

The new Versa 2 smartwatch will also get an new advanced heart rate algorithm with this update.

Specific to Versa 2 users, Fitbit has doubled-down to enrich the recently-launched always-on display mode to deliver five additional clock face options.

Now in color, these feature full health and fitness stats, with faster transitions between always-on and active views, all powered by the device’s AMOLED display, touting a 2+ day battery life.

“Staying motivated to maintain your health and fitness routine is really hard around the holidays. We’re focused on making it more achievable through a combination of affordable devices, engaging software and our Premium membership to help you stay on track,” James Park, co-founder and CEO of Fitbit said in a statement.

Fitbit is also continuing to roll out new content and tools to enhance Fitbit Premium membership, including a personal wellness report, developed in consultation with leading medical professionals from institutions like University of California, Los Angeles and University of California, San Francisco.

Additionally, over the coming months, Fitbit will be rolling out new programs, challenges and wellness content, plus workouts from popular brands like Daily Burn, Down Dog, Gaiam, POPSUGAR and Whil.

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Fitbit on Thursday announced new OS 4.1 software update for its smartwatch which adds new sleep features, more functionality straight from the home screen, along with new capabilities for Amazon Alexa. Wikimedia Commons

Fitbit is continuing to expand its Premium paid membership service[15] that’s available now to millions of users in 17 markets across the globe with a new wellness report, an expanded library of new workouts from third parties.

Premium users will now have access to a wellness report, which can easily be downloaded and shared with a doctor or a personal trainer.

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Fitbit OS 4.1 will begin rolling out to Fitbit smartwatch users the first week of December. Fitbit Premium members can already access many of the latest updates, with the rest rolling out on an ongoing basis in the coming months. (IANS)