Qualcomm to Launch Snapdragon Chips for Wearables By 2022
Recently, Qualcomm has announced that they will launch new Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear processors by 2022.
Even though this revelation is not particularly shocking, but what makes this announcement significant is that the revamped version of Wear OS by Google and Samsung should premiere around the world.
This hints towards an upcoming Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear chip which is an upgrade from the present SD Wear 4100. And, also offers new abilities to match the credentials of the new wearable OS.
Pankaj Kedia, senior director and global head of smart wearables at Qualcomm, in a press release, said “Our Snapdragon Wear platforms are driving the industry, powering smartwatches for kids, seniors, and adults and smart trackers for pets and accessories.”
He added, “We are significantly growing our investments in leading-edge ground-up silicon, platforms, and technologies and plan to roll out new Snapdragon Wear platforms across segments over the next year to meet our long-term vision.”
Alongside this announcement, Qualcomm announced the Wearables Ecosystem Accelerator Program. The program is intended to help the company bring together a full stack of stakeholders in the wearable industry. such as “device manufacturers (OEMs), service providers, platform players, independent hardware and software vendors (IHVs and ISVs), and system integrators.”
Qualcomm hopes that the program will help them produce budget watches and develop more applications of wearables.
In the past five years, the company claims that they have successfully shipped over 40 million Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear chips across nearly 75 manufacturers.
However, this isn’t a particularly tall number in comparison to other competitors. For instance, IDC data claimed that last year, Apple shipped over 21 million Apple Watches in the first three months of 2020 around the world.
This means that Apple was able to shop more than half the number of devices in 20x less time than Qualcomm managed to contribute to in five years.
While there is no additional information about the upcoming Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear chip, however, it will be interesting to see the company manages to separate these chips from what they already offer.