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The new Qualcomm chipset will accompany reevaluated engineering and decreased physical size which will encourage the new outline style of the up and coming wearables.

Google has made some minor tweaks to the wearable OS it insists is doing just great.

Wear OS got nary a mention at Google's I/O keynote this year.

That's because in addition to a slick new dark-themed UI, by empowering the Google Assistant in Wear OS, Google has figured out something that can set Wear OS apart from the Apple Watch or Samsung's Gear S family. Following that, the current Snapdragon 2100 was only slightly more modified with changes to packaging, sensors, and software. Users can enable the feature by pressing the side button and resume normal activity on the smartwatch with a long press.

For some time, smartwatches rocking Wear OS, formerly known as Android Wear, were saddled with Qualcomm's Snapdragon Wear 2100 chipset, regardless of the brand of smartwatch they had strapped to their wrists.

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This joint effort aims to expand global availability, as well as accelerate the availability of key new enhancements to consumers, such as multi-camera support, display cutout support, indoor navigation, HDR, among others.

The company has apparently been working on the platform with Google ever since it released its old SoC a couple of years ago, designing it based on what people liked and didn't like about smartwatches.

Alternatively, if you ask the Assistant about an upcoming flight, it can provide little buttons right on the watch, so you can tap on one to learn about an airline's baggage policies, a list of connecting flights, and what time your check-in is. Back in 2016, Qualcomm announced a significant update as it announced the Snapdragon 2100, which is now being used in nearly every Wear OS watch.

Originally watches were built using Snapdragon 400 processor which was a slight modification of a phone chip; this was succeeded by the Snapdragon Wear 2100 system-on-chip at the start of 2016. Furthermore, by the 2018 holiday season, several partners will have announced new products containing the new chipsets. The new chipset will be available in multiple variations with all having Bluetooth and Wi-Fi while fitness-oriented chips will also include Global Positioning System. The integration is deeper than ever before, as Wear OS powered smartwatches can now be leveraged to control smart devices.


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