23 July 2021
Qualcomm has shared some updates on its Snapdragon Wear platform and outlined its vision for the near future while highlighting the milestones it has achieved so far, its upcoming plans, and how it is shaping the wearable industry with the help of several investments and industry leaders.
Qualcomm shared that it will roll out new Snapdragon Wear platforms across segments over the next year to meet its long-term vision. It didn’t go deep into its plans but did indicate that its upcoming Wear processors will be used across smartwatches for kids, seniors, and adults, and smart trackers for pets and accessories, something the company has already been doing.
Qualcomm has also included statements from its various partners in the press release so to give us an idea of what to expect. Chris Hartley, Director of Category Strategy at Fossil Group has said that it will bring the “best possible Wear OS” smartwatch later this year in partnership with Qualcomm.
Qualcomm also explained that it will continue to invest in the new Snapdragon Wear platforms so to meet the diverse needs of its customers. The company believes with its “unique hybrid architectural approach,” it will be able to cater to the needs of its customers.
In addition to this, Qualcomm also shared the milestones it has managed to achieve over the last five years. Qualcomm shares that the company has shipped 40+ million units across 100+ countries, collaborated with 75+ device manufacturers and 25+ service providers while shipping 250+ wearable products.
Together with these announcements, Qualcomm also announced the Wearable Ecosystem Accelerator Program that will help it to easily develop and commercialize products and solutions.
The company announced that more than 60 wearable industry leaders such as ARM, BBK, Fossil, Oppo, Verizon, Vodafone, and Zebra will participate in the program. Qualcomm explains that with the help of ODMs, service providers, platform players, independent hardware and software vendors, it will be easier to launch and optimize the wearables. Qualcomm believes that the expertise of the participating companies will help to accelerate the wearables segment. This will help in lowering down the overall cost and production time.
Well, the wearables industry is on the rise now and it makes sense for a semiconductor pioneer like Qualcomm to look into the future, especially when the competition is also rising. Samsung, for instance, is all set to introduce its new Galaxy Watch series powered by its in-house SoCs this year. Google is reportedly also prepping a smartwatch with its own “Whitechapel” processor.
Let’s see what Qualcomm has planned this time for the Wear OS wearables.