Qualcomm’s next chip may finally make Wear OS smartwatches worth getting

Wear OS has been plagued with issues ever since its inception. From software problems back in its Android Wear days to the proliferation of an aging chipset in the form of the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100, it’s been an uphill battle for the platform to regain respect. While the Wear 3100 has done a lot to improve both performance and battery, it hasn’t been anywhere near enough to make the platform a real contender. Now, according to a report from WinFuture, Qualcomm is preparing a new Wear chipset either called the Snapdragon 429 Wear or the Snapdragon Wear 2700.

According to the report, the two chipsets (the WTP2700 and WTP429W) are currently both in an EVT (Engineering Validation Test) stage. They may be ultimately be marketed as the Snapdragon Wear 2700 and the Snapdragon 429 Wear respectively, although it’s possible that the two chipsets are just different names to refer to the same thing. The Snapdragon 429 is a popular chipset among budget smartphones, with devices like the Nokia 3.2 powered by it.

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