We may finally get a decent Wear OS watch with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 3300

We may finally get a decent Wear OS watch with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 3300
Love it or leave it, Google's Wear OS system for smart watches never got enough traction, and not for a dearth of devices. Most every big name tried their luck and failed to gain popularity with Google's smartwach operating system.

The big guys like Samsung then moved to their own fusion of software and hardware with relative success, but, unfortunately, nobody does that same mixture better than Apple which has the luxury of crafting both components of a good wearable experience in-house. Thus, the Apple Watch grabs the majority of the market share in the field, leaving scraps for others.

One of the reasons for the lack of commercial success among Wear OS watches is... the chipset. Right when Samsung moved to its own Tizen software and homebrew hardware, the Galaxy Watch line started becoming a direct competitor to the Apple Watch, offering longer battery life on a charge, in addition to all the other health and fitness goodies.

The thing is that the last Qualcomm Snapdragon 3100 chipset for wearables was still done on the power-hungry 28nm process, while Samsung's latest Watch line is already at 10nm. This bodes well for Samsung's gear, but the Wear OS gear is mightily disadvantaged in terms of battery life, and that is not a small feat nowadays when we have to charge plenty of devices all the time.

A code leak, however, has unearthed references to Qualcomm's new Snapdragon chipset for wearables, dubbed 3300, which will apparently be done on the 12nm process. Thus, it should move the eventual Wear OS device or any maker which decides to employ it, in the realm of two-day battery for their smartwatches which might be just what the doctor ordered for the waning wearable OS. The ball is now in Qualcomm's court to announce the new chipset and, depending on the uptake by manufacturers, we might finally see Wear OS take off in a fairly decent manner.

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9 Comments

1. TBomb

Posts: 1651; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

If battery can get to two days... I'd be as happy as a clam. That would mean a charge while in the shower and doing sleep prep would top it off each night with ease. My Fitbit follows that schedule and I never have to worry about battery with it

4. tuminatr

Posts: 1164; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

6. TBomb

Posts: 1651; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

The quick win for Google is all of the data and being able to incorporate Fitbit's app into Google's Fit app... or maybe just replace it. The longer win would be the hardware piece. They'd want Fitbits to be able to run Wear OS, or make Wear OS the new fitbit OS (or vice versa). But i don't see that happening anytime soon if the deal goes through.

7. Cat97

Posts: 1972; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

So Google will destroy another brand, after Motorola and HTC.

2. jellmoo

Posts: 2654; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Sure, but Wear OS is still terrible and there isn’t anything really differentiating one manufacturer from another in that field. Apple and Samsung are offering unique products. Everyone else feels like they’re producing no name brand budget devices.

5. Mrmark

Posts: 408; Member since: Jan 26, 2013

And you're wrong ! Have you used the Casio ?

9. danielabrams555

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 30, 2019

I respectfully disagree. Wear OS would be fantastic if it ran smoothly and reliably. I prefer the Wear OS interface over both the Samsung and Apple interfaces, but the it gets an unfair reputation because the hardware hasn't been able to keep up.

3. surethom

Posts: 1729; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

This is fantastic news hopefully this will allow native sleep tracking. Although my old Huawei W1 can go all day & all night most days & just charge while in shower. But this chip will really help.

10. salvasaur

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 31, 2019

I already get 2-day battery with my Fossil 5th gen. This is in "daily" mode, the most power-consuming mode. Still, this is good news, as it may prompt some meaningful Wear OS updates.

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