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Qualcomm's working on new smartwatch chips to revitalize Wear OS

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Sandy Nunez | 11 May, 2018, 12:23

If the reports turn out to be true, then Wear OS, Google's operating system for smartwatches will receive the much-needed impetus for OEM's to adopt the platform and make them viable contenders to Apple Watch.

We still have a good wait ahead of us until we see anything official from Google regarding these new devices, but with leaks like this, it looks like this could be a long summer.

According to a tweet by Evan Blass, it says that with "high confidence", he got to know that Google's hardware event, which is likely to happen this fall, might see the third lineup of Pixel phones along with a Pixel branded Watch as well.

All of this said, the website hasn't confirmed where the details come from and instead just cited it as information known by the website. And now, "Pixel Watch" rumours have hit the Internet. However, this time around we're slightly more optimistic given the source of the rumor and the fact that Qualcomm will soon launch next generation Snapdragon hardware specifically designed for wearables. Not surprisingly there is the Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL as well as a second generation Pixel Buds.

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This fits with the story we ran the other day that Qualcomm had a brand new Wear chipset built from the ground up especially for wearables in production and would be unveiled "alongside a new flagship/lead smartwatch in Spring (Australian time)". Quandt claims that there will be three models, which have been codenamed Ling, Triton and Sardine.

The Wear 3100 "platform" will also knuckle down on energy efficiency, which will reportedly be achieved through a new power management solution optimized for wearables that conserves battery power while also listening for voice commands without having to be woken from standby mode.

It feels like Wear OS is about to turn a major corner.