If it were demanding this 2016 wearables and smartwatches was a little variety, Qualcomm has taken a step forward to promote it, although it will keep walking in the hands of Android.
He has presented the new chip Snapdragon Wear 2100 and it promises a good leap forward, at least in numbers. ES a 30% smaller, by which should facilitate the emergence of new less bulky designs, and consumes 25% less battery. In addition, it ensures that its integrated sensors also spend less and read more precise movements.
Technical specifications of Snapdragon Wear 2100
It is made up of quad-core Cortex A7 1, 2 GHz with a 304 Adreno GPU with support for OpenGL ES 3.0, one of the most basic of which continues handling. In terms of connectivity, developers will be able to choose between two blocs, and in both cases, again, promoting consumption low energy and constant activity.
They are the variants tethered by Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, i.e., that will depend on a smartphone to function, and the connection to data networks, both 3 G and 4 G/LTE (LTE FDD & TDD, WCDMA, TD-SCDMA, EV-do CDMA 1 x and 2 G GSM/EDGE), allowing you to answer calls, send messages, or listen to music streamed from the product.
Qualcomm makes the twigs so that manufacturers respond to two of the most common demands, more stylized designs and greater autonomy. But more interesting may be to check if those sensors give the size against a range of gestures that never stops growing, as it has been seen with Android Wear 1.4.
He said the statement that this year will be put on sale more than 50 wearables with its chip, but only LG has accompanied them in this presentation. With words, because it has not transcended any demonstration that invites us to believe. The Vice-President of the South Korean company, David Yoon, has ensured that it is launching the first smartwatches and other wearables equipped with Snapdragon Wear 2100 this year, and that will give a good example of the innovations that allows.
Snapdragon Wear Platform
The SoC is accompanied by its own Snapdragon Wear platform, It is not more than a set of tools and software to facilitate the development of all kinds of wearables. They also expect to save costs of design while maintaining the same architecture.
But, ultimately, the key is that both the chip and the platform have been developed to run under the operating systems from Google, because It includes support for Android Wear and for Android.
Your processor Snapdragon 400 has been so far the Android Wear dance partner. We must thank this veteran everything that is born to his shelter in recent years thanks to its flexibility and its versions. But it had been designed for mobile and the wearables were in need of something.
The promise of Qualcomm is rewarding because you can give margin manufacturers so they can innovate in design and functionality without worrying both for autonomy, or even the opposite. It is easy to foresee that the vast majority of smartwatches in the coming months will bring it integrated and hopefully increase the independence between these devices and phones. Now now it is the turn of Google, which opens once.