Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 10th Sep 2018 22:17 UTC

It's been two and a half years since Qualcomm last released a major new smartwatch chip, and in the time since, Android smartwatches have languished. But in the coming months, they could finally start seeing some meaningful improvements: Qualcomm is releasing a new processor for watches, called the Snapdragon Wear 3100, that's meant to extend battery life, enhance always-on displays, and offer more versatility when it comes to sports devices and fitness sensors.

Good news, since the Android Wear world had really died down. This new chip should breath some much-needed new life in the market. It also highlights the distinct and profound advantage Apple has in that it designs its own chips.

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A smart watch seems to me like a tamagochi, attention in exchange for nothing, only vastly more expensive and even less fun.

I disagree on the less fun bit. It's always fun having a tiny computer on your wrist with a minimal UI that can send short messages, play microgames and read RSS, though as is common with such vanity gizmos your mileage may vary...

I do get some utility out of it, as I can instantly view my notifications without having to pull the phone out. If you get lots of colleague email of varying importance each, it's convenient.

Edited 2018-09-11 13:16 UTC

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