The company is asking the media to 8220;set your watches8221; for the event next month, with the pun-happy invite also telling recipients that 8220;It8217;s Time8221;. If that8217;s not enough of a hint for would be tech detectives, there8217;s also a picture of a smartwatch8230; set to 9:10.
Beyond that, the company isn8217;t giving much away, but it appears highly likely we8217;ll see the launch of the oft-tipped processor that observers are counting on to revive the fortunes of Google8217;s Wear OS platform. Previous rumours have suggested this new chip could even power the rumoured Pixel watch, which may accompany the Pixel 3 launch this October.
Given the Snapdragon 2100 processor, which powers most of the current crop of Wear OS devices, is now a couple of years old, this announcement won8217;t be before time. Back in May this year, the chipmaker revealed it was working on the successor to the 2100, which would offer a significant battery life boost, built-in Bluetooth/Wi-Fi/GPS/LTE and a reduced physical footprint to enable more compact designs.
The company8217;s senior director of wearables Pankaj Kedia said: 8220;When we go to generation three, it8217;s designed from the ground up for a no-compromises smartwatch experience with dedicated chips that make your watch look pretty when you8217;re not looking at it, that brings the best fitness and watch experience, and extends battery life.8221;
It8217;s likely we8217;ll hear more about this announcement in the coming weeks, as Qualcomm gears up for the event. However, the timing means it8217;s unlikely IFA 2018 (at the end of August) will be graced with any new smartwatches carrying the chip.
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