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LG is building new smartwatch with Snapdragon Wear 2100: expect it to be thinner than ever

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The LG Watch Urbane is stylish, but LG is already building its new watch

The LG Watch Urbane is stylish, but LG is already building its new watch

Fresh off the announcement of the brand new Snapdragon Wear 2100 system chip, the 30% smaller and 25% more power-efficient chip than the vastly used Snapdragon 400 in wearables, LG has now confirmed that it will launch new smartwatches and other wearables using the new chip.

"We are delighted about Qualcomm Technologies’ next generation wearable plans, are planning to extend our collaboration with the new Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor, and look forward to launching new smartwatches and other wearable devices that bring new and innovative use cases to consumers later this year," LG Electronics vice president of wearables David Yoon said.

Naturally, we expect this new LG smartwatch to be thinner and last longer, and as is the tradition with LG, it should run on the latest version of the Android Wear platform.

LG makes some of the best looking Android Wear smartwatches available: it first launched the appearling LG G Watch R and then quickly followed up with the LG Watch Urbane, while the Android Wear platform itself has gone through a major milestone with version 2.0 unveiled in October 2015.

The new Snapdragon Wear platform is now offered to manufacturers for sampling.

source: Qualcomm

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posted on 11 Feb 2016, 07:57 5

1. NonFanBoy (Posts: 175; Member since: 28 May 2015)

Google should make Android Wear open source, so that OEMs can make changes in the OS to make it compatible with different hardware features like the rotating rim in Gear S2, the rotating crown, etc. They can work closely with the OEMs to make sure that the changes comply with strict guidelines to prevent fragmentation and also ensure faster updates.

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 13:18 4

3. Feanor (Posts: 849; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)

People complain about Android skins and their abysmal software support, people complain about the closed nature of Android Wear. Guys, please make up your minds. I have had two Android Wear watches (LG G Watch R and TAG Heuer Connected) and I see no problem with the software. Ultimately you use your smartwatch 90% of the time as a watch. Things like rotating bezels and massive app support may tickle everyone's fancy and satisfy the inner geek but ultimately the smartwatch is mainly used for time telling and discreet notifications. This is what I've realised after four smartwatches.

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 16:20 1

4. sgodsell (Posts: 4899; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)

NoFanBoy as it stands today, there is no fragmentation with Android Wear. So far every watch has received the latest updates. Maybe not all at once, but all received the latest updates to Android Wear.

As far as a rotating rim or rotating crown are concerned both of those are patented. Besides no one is stopping Samsung except Samsung itself from making another Android Wear device with a rotating rim (bezel). Everyone else would have to pay fees to license Samsung's or Apples patents.

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 23:58

6. NonFanBoy (Posts: 175; Member since: 28 May 2015)

Samsung cannot make an android wear smartwatch with a rotating bezel because the software would not support it and hence I want google to make android wear open source so that these hardware features can be supported by OEMs.

Yes there is no fragmentation because if its closed nature but if they do make it open source, there is bound to be fragmentation. Therefore, the best scenario would be Google allowing the changes only if they comply with a set of guidelines which would prevent any major changes but just a few bit of tinkering that would be necessary.

I mentioned both these points in my comment and this would be the best scenario for consumers in my opinion

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 08:06 1

2. Punchy506 (Posts: 129; Member since: 10 Jan 2016)

Now I know what I'm getting for black Friday this year. A smart watch with a 2100. My og 360 and its omap 3 need an upgrade.

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 21:20

5. Rhinoface (Posts: 179; Member since: 05 Dec 2014)

Feeling the same way. Just curious, does your 360 have a noticeable screen flicker, mainly on white screens?

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