Broadcom Talks Up Power Efficient Smartwatch Chip
Broadcom today announced a new platform for Android Wear smartwatches that promises to deliver major gains in battery life. The Broadcom wearable system-on-a-chip includes a quad-core Cortex A7 application processor and 2G/3G modem support. It can be paired with Broadcom's Bluetooth 4.2 and WiFi combo chip, as well as a GPS SoC with integrated sensor hub, NFC with secure element, and wireless charging. It also includes support for cameras. Broadcom says the platform offers 40% power savings compared to its previous generation platform, and its smaller footprint gives smartwatch makers more flexibility with their designs. The Android Wear smartwatch platform is already sampling.
Snapdragon Wear 1200 Platform Targets Simpler Wearables
Qualcomm today announced the Snapdragon Wear 1200 Platform, a new system-on-a-chip that is meant for personal fitness and tracking devices more so than smartwatches. The 1200 consumes just 79 square millimeters of space and relies on a 1.3 GHz ARM Cortex A7 processor core with an integrated Cat-M1, NB1, and eGPRS multi-mode modem.
Google Rebrands 'Android Wear' as 'Wear OS by Google'
Google today said it is getting rid of the Android Wear brand that has been a part of its smartwatch strategy for years. Moving forward, Google's platform for wearable devices will be called Wear OS by Google.
Snapdragon Wear to Serve as Qualcomm's Smartwatch Platform
Qualcomm today announced Snapdragon Wear, a new platform for wearable devices. The Snapdragon Wear 2100 system-on-a-chip is the first product in the Snapdragon Wear platform and is meant to improve next-generation smartwatches.
Casio's WSD-F20 Boasts Rugged Design, Android Wear 2
Casio today announced the WSD-F20, a second-generation smartwatch that is among the first to include Android Wear 2.0 from Google. Like last year's WSD-F10, the F20 is a fully ruggedized wearable that focuses on fitness and other outdoor activities.