Qualcomm has announced a new processor that’s designed specifically for kid’s smartwatches. The Snapdragon Wear 2500 CPU promises better battery life than the 2100 generation CPU that’s found in today’s kid’s smartwatches, as well as built-in voice assistant capabilities for a smarter experience.
This is a big deal for the smartwatch market. The Snapdragon Wear 2100 CPU was released back in February 2016, over two years ago. Qualcomm hadn’t released a replacement in that time. The 2500 CPU is the first advancement of the old chipset.
Same performance - better battery
It has the same quad-core Cortex-A7 CPU and Adreno GPU as the 2100 chipset, so performance remains the same. Instead, Qualcomm has developed the 2500 CPU for better battery life. It’s said to have a 14 per cent efficiency increase during standby and active use, which equates to 3-5 hours of runtime over an average cycle.
The new chipset is also much more developer friendly, with capabilities that will help developers integrate popular features. These include an integrated 5th-gen 4G LTE modem, NFC connectivity, GPS and support for a camera up to 5-megapixels. This means manufacturers no longer have to include separate components. There’s also low power keyword detection for virtual assistants, so Google Assistant can be used with low battery.
Along with the new processor, Qualcomm also announced a lightweight version of Android Oreo for manufacturers. OEMs can choose this instead of Wear OS.
The new software is a streamlined version of Oreo, designed to slash development costs and time. It runs on just 512MB of RAM, so is perfect for low-end smartwatches. The only limitation is it doesn’t support the Google Play Store. It’s fine for kid’s smartwatches, however, which tend to have their own app ecosystem anyway. Manufacturers just have to upload their own app store with their own applications.