Pankaj Kedia, Senior Director of Qualcomm said, “Smartwatches are a highly integrated platform” at the company’s Snapdragon Wear 3100 launch event earlier today. To achieve this goal, the company has been working in synergy with Google over the past few years to make their chipset perfect with Wear OS in mind. Thus, owing to the new Snapdragon Wear 3100 chipset, the upcoming version of Wear OS will feature three new modes: a traditional watch mode, dedicated sports mode as well as a rich ambient mode.
As you can check the brief demo of all the three modes at Qualcomm’s launch event, all three models seem to have a particular theme in mind that is to make the smartwatch feel as close as possible to a real watch.
Let’s consider the rich interactive mode for instance. The scheme behind this is that when the watch enters the inactive mode, the dial won’t simply go black. In its place, it will switch to an enriched ambient mode where you will be able to track various complications like step count or heart beat along with checking the time. The ambient mode will require much less power as it runs only on the co-processor of Snapdragon Wear 3100 instead of its main processor.
The Qualcomm orientation design at the event highlighted the difference between the ambient mode and the active. It turned out that the difference was almost unnoticeable. The one difference that appeared was the brightness level with the ambient mode being slightly dimmer. However, a Qualcomm spokesperson clarified that the display will continue to remain brighter in the dark environment and less bright in the sunny environment since the adaptive brightness will still be active.
In case if you want to save even more battery life, you have the option to switch over to traditional watch mode. The traditional mode will display only date and time and nothing other than that. However, up to some extent, it also depends on the vendor. The smartwatch can switch from ambient mode to traditional mode after the battery dip crosses a certain level. According to Qualcomm, the battery saver mode has to be turned on manually.
A Qualcomm spokesperson stated, “Your smartwatch could last for a whole month in full charge when in this mode. Most importantly, though, the traditional watch mode really did seem, like, well, a traditional watch, with a regular watch face and a date indicator.”
In any gadget that is simultaneously used as a fitness tracker, longevity is crucial. The same thing is applicable for the smartwatches. The dedicated sports mode will for sure see a lot of use. Once enabled, the feature will shut off the A7 processor cores entirely and switch the watch over to the co-processor. You can still access the basic functions like the time, GPS, and Bluetooth, but the other complicated functions are disabled as you get your sweat on.
If we have a closer look, we can see that Qualcomm’s cherry-picked architecture indicates that they’ve made smartwatches with multiple personalities possible. After buying this baby, you won’t essentially need a smartwatch and a fitness wearable as you will be reaping benefits like performance, battery life, and the combination of both in a single device.
After what it felt like years of smartwatch stagnation, Qualcomm’s new launch has just announced the golden era of wearables.