Feb 11th, 2016

Qualcomm has announced their latest chipset, and it ain’t for phones, tablets, or even cars: this one’s for your watch. It’s the Qualcomm Wear 2100, a chipset designed specifically for wearables like Android Wear watches.

To now, most Android Wear watches have used chipsets from the Snapdragon 400 line, and they’ve been plenty good. It’s lightweight, but offers enough performance to run Android Wear while not using much battery life.

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But the Wear 2100 is supposed to slim things down even further by being 30% smaller, while also being 25% more efficient in power usage. This should directly translate to improved battery life and sleeker hardware while maintaining the nice performance we’ve enjoyed in most Android Wear watches.

Also said to contribute to better battery life in Android Wear watches is the forthcoming Marshmallow update many of the watches are about to receive. It’s said the update includes Doze mode just like it does for Android phones and tablets, so your watch might not be sipping much juice when it’s not being used.

Long story short: the future of Android Wear watches seems very bright. Qualcomm’s willingness to fabricate an entirely new chipset for wearables means they have a deep interest in making sure the scene grows. That in-turn helps manufacturers make better devices, which in-turn makes consumers want to buy them.

Before you know it, it could blow up to be the next big thing in mobile. Oh, and LG has called dibs on ushering in that new future with official plans to use the chipset in their very next Android Wear watch. Get excited.

[via Qualcomm]

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