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QUALCOMM UNVEILS ITS LATEST SNAPDRAGON WEARABLE 3100 CHIPSET
Wear 3100 latest Qualcomm chipset features ultra-low power system architecture and is optimized for next generation smartwatches.
WHAT IS QUALCOMM’S NEW CHIPSET?
Snapdragon 3100, is Qualcomm’s third generation wearable chip dedicated to wearable market. It focuses on three core areas; sports, fashion and improved battery life.
HOW IS NEW CHIPSET DIFFERENT THEN WEAR 2100?
The fundamental difference between Wear 3100 and Wear 2100 is the way it is designed for how we use smartwatches. It is principally meant for light workloads, like listening to wake phrases, sensing you, monitoring sleep patterns, streaming music in background and other real time activity.
HOW QUALCOMM WEAR 3100 REDEFINES SYSTEM ARCHITECTURE?
Snapdragon Wear 3100 is based on new ultra-low power hierarchical system architectural approach. It comprises of four A7 cores to handle rigorous and complex task and two secondary chips — a digital signal processor (DSP) and an ultra-low power coprocessor (QCC1110) to carry out sensor fusion and other background chores. This means it will give power when watch is actively used. While the ultra-low power core will reduce battery consumption when the watch is in standby.
The co-processor will use 20x less power as opposed to the standard chipset, leading to battery life improvements.
NEW FEATURES FOR WEAR OS
- Enhanced version of Ambient Mode that will be able to show colors, complications, support adaptive brightness, and even a smooth second hand.
- Dedicated sports mode.
- 15 hours of battery life even when GPS and heart rate sensors are continuously used.
WEAR 3100 POWER CONSUMPTION:
- 67% lower power mode.
- 49% lower GPS and location batching.
- 43% lower Keyword detection.
- 35% lower Clock update once per minute.
- 34% lower MP3 playback.
- 13% lower Voice queries over Bluetooth or Wi-Fi.
Moreover, according to Qualcomm, Wear 3100 devices can last up to a week on a charge with 20% battery or up to 30 days with full battery, or 15 hours in dedicated sports with a 450mAh battery.
COMPANIES COLLABORATING WITH QUALCOMM
Watches from Fossil Group, Louis Vuitton, and Montblanc are all coming soon with this chipset.
WHAT QUALCOMM OFFICIALS AND PARTNERS SAY?
“Qualcomm Technologies has played a critical role in the evolution of the smartwatch segment and our customers are currently shipping more than 100 Wear OS by Google smartwatches with 25 brands globally based on our existing platforms,” said Anthony Murray, senior vice president and general manager, wearables, Qualcomm Technologies International, Ltd.
“With the Snapdragon Wear 3100 Platform, we envisioned a new ultra-low power system architecture and in collaboration with the latest from the Wear OS by Google team, to help deliver a rich interactive mode, bring in new personalized experiences and support extended battery life for tomorrow’s smartwatches. We are delighted to announce Fossil Group, Louis Vuitton, and Montblanc as our first Snapdragon Wear 3100 customers.”
“Together with Qualcomm Technologies and the ecosystem, Wear OS by Google has enabled a vibrant set of wearable devices, offering consumers with great choice and diversity,” said Dennis Troper, director of product management, Wear OS by Google.
“Qualcomm Technologies brings Fossil Group the latest technology that helps connect products into the lifestyle of our consumers, and this latest chip is no exception,” said Steve Evans, executive vice president, Fossil Group. “Our collaboration enables our constant reinvention of the smartwatch. As technology is enhanced, so are the product innovations and designs that we are able to offer our customers.”
“Louis Vuitton has long been known for combining tradition and modernity in the luxury world,” said Eric Pradon, senior vice president of finance and administration at Louis Vuitton Malletier. “With the Louis Vuitton Tambour Horizon smartwatch, we collaborated with Google and Qualcomm Technologies to combine our exquisite design and watchmaking know-how with the best of technology, in order to delight our customers. We are excited about the new possibilities that Snapdragon Wear 3100 brings to our customers and are working with Qualcomm Technologies to bring another beautiful smartwatch to the industry.”
“Built for travel, fitness or exploration, Summit 2 is a versatile companion created for urban explorers, business travelers and performance seekers looking to push boundaries in everything they do,” explains Nicolas Baretzki, Montblanc CEO. “Designed for both men and women, Summit 2 perfectly bridges fine watchmaking and state-of-the art technology. This watch is built to seamlessly power them through their everyday adventures stylishly and reliably.”
WHEN WILL THE FIRST SNAPDRAGON 3100 SMARTWATCHES LAUNCH?
The first Snapdragon 3100 smartwatch is said to launch before year end. It may come in three variants targeting 4G LTE connected smartwatches Bluetooth, GPS-based tethered smartwatches, and Wi-Fi tethered smartwatches.
GOOGLE ANNOUNCES DATA SAVING AND OFFLINE MODE FEATURE FOR GOOGLE NEWS
Google News will receive four core features to meet user needs and make it data friendly.
WHY IS GOOGLE ROLLING OUT NEW FEATURES?
Google at its I/O 2018, promised to revamp Google News. In this regard today, Google announced four core features. As the latest Google News app shows content with images and videos that consumes enough data. Therefore, to save cellular data usage and to meet users need Google rolls out several new data saving features.
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WHAT ARE THE FOUR CORE FEATURES?
The new feature added to Google News will allow used to check out the news even without a strong signal. Android (Go Edition) phone users will also be able to enjoy these features.
According to Google four new changes coming to Google News app are as follows:
- When applicable, videos in the app will open in YouTube Go, ensuring that it’s delivered in a lightweight yet clear format. Videos won’t autoplay, saving precious data.
- Newscasts (previews of a story) will adapt to become more text-focused, saving your data.
- Images are compressed and can be fully loaded with just a tap. Videos and gifs will also not auto-play. Plus, less data will be cached and saved on your device.
- Many articles can be saved for consuming in offline mode, easily downloaded over Wi-Fi for reading later.
WHEN WILL USERS BE ABLE TO AVAIL THE FEATURES?
New core features are rolling out starting from today and will be enabled automatically depending on the device and connection. There is no need to make any changes to the settings or toggle a button.