Android Wear has prospered since it’s been conceived a few years ago. As with any market, it’s had its defining milestones which helped push it forward and become what it is today. Well, thanks to Qualcomm, we are witnessing another one of those milestones. The company has just launched a new processor built specifically for Android Wear devices. Current Android Wear devices are utilizing the Snapdragon 400 SoC, which is an older and less powerful processor designed for smartphones. It’s done perfectly fine so far, but it’s a smartphone processor through and through. Qualcomm’s new processor is called the Snapdragon Wear 2100, and it has a few benefits which make it an all around better processor for the wearables market.
First off, it will have a smaller build than the SD 400, which means that OEM’S can produace thinner wearables. It’s a 30% size reduction to be exact. The next benefit, which is definitely the more practical one, is that the Snapdragon Wear 2100 will be more energy efficient, using 25% less power than the SD 400, which translates to a major improvement in battery life.
This is one small step for Qualcomm, but one giant leap for wearables. A processor specifically designed for smartwatches will cater to their capabilities and limitations, making the experience much more seamless. Not only that, but the SD Wear 2100 marks the beginning of an intimate relationship between Qualcomm and the wearable market; which means more than it seems. Now that Qualcomm has launched its first made-for-wearable SoC, this will inspire more companies to develop their own (maybe one day we’ll see an Exynos Wear chip). Not only that, but we can expect Qualcomm to develop more made-for-wearable SoCs in the future, which means that the power behind wearables will evolve along with them. This marks a turning point in the wearable market as the first company has made has made an effort to refine the processing power behind wearables. Now, we sit back and watch the wearables market flourish.