Google has decided to acquire some smartwatch technology from Fossil Group for $40 million. The technology is still under development and will also see a part of Fossil’s R&D team join Google.
Google is now rolling out a new ‘H’ update for Wear OS with a number of improvements. The oddly named update brings a number of efficiency improvements that will help extend battery life on Wear OS watches.
One of the elements holding back Google’s smartwatch endeavors was the aging Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor, but that issue has since been fixed since the announcement of the Snapdragon Wear 3100 earlier this year.
Almost three years after it unveiled its last chipset for wearable platforms, Qualcomm is back with the Wear 3100. The new chip is the successor the Wear 2100 chipset that is found inside all Wear OS smartwatches out there in the market right now.
Google recently changed its smartwatch platform’s name to Wear OS, and, since then, the company has put a focus on improving the platform in every other way, too. But one of the areas holding it back was the processor in those smartwatches.
Google today announced a new redesign for Wear OS to help you get to things faster that actually matter. The new redesign is aimed at providing quick access to notifications, Google Assistant, and Fit.
As smartphone companies like Google and Apple try to put a bigger focus on health and fitness, of course it makes sense that Google would try to incorporate artificial intelligence into that effort.
Mobvoi is known for its relatively inexpensive Wear OS running TichWatch, and today it is unveiling its most expensive smartwatch to date — TicWatch Pro. The highlight of the smartwatch, however, is not its price but its display. To solve the battery life woes that plague a smartwatch, the TicWatch Pro comes with two screens. The secondary screen sits on top of the primary OLED display and it is completely transparent in nature.
Yesterday, @evleaks revealed that Google is working on a Pixel branded smartwatch due to be released in fall this year. The leak came just a few hours after Qualcomm confirmed that it is indeed working on new chipset for the Wear OS platform. Now, more details about this new Wear chipset and Google’s smartwatch have been detailed.
Google did not announce anything related to Wear OS during the first day of Google I/O 18, its yearly developer conference. However, a major announcement from Qualcomm is soon going to breathe a lease of new life to the platform.