While Wear OS reconverts itself along with Samsung’s Tizen platform, the big question was centered on the plans for Qualcomm and its chips dedicated to wearables.
Today, Qualcomm confirmed that it will launch new Snapdragon Wear chips sometime next year. Although the company does not provide further details, Qualcomm says it continues to consider wearables as a long-term strategy.
Qualcomm claims that it sold about 40 million Snapdragon Wear processors, distributed with 75 manufacturers in more than 250 products in the wearable category.
These data shed some light on the performance of Wear OS since its inception back in 2016, which started with the Snapdragon Wear 2100. Considering that the Snapdragon Wear chips were practically exclusive to the Wear OS platform, within those 40 million of chips sold we can include the sales of Wear OS smartwatches in the past five years.
Also considering that Apple sold more than 21 million units in the first quarter of 2020 alone, Wear OS sales certainly languished in comparison.
Anyway, Qualcomm does not seem to lower its arms with wearables, also launching the “Qualcomm Wearable Accelerator Program”, a program to bring device manufacturers closer to industry leaders to “accelerate the wearables segment by delivering differentiated experiences at low costs. development and production times “, with partners that include Verizon, Vodafone, Fossil and BBK Electronics – that is Oppo, OnePlus and Vivo.