Time may finally be up for Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Wear 2100, the venerable yet outdated processor that has served as essentially the only option for WearOS watch manufacturers since it launched two years ago — back when the platform was called Android Wear. Qualcomm has sent out invitations for a September 10th press event focused on smartwatches (via Android Police), which would suggest a new wearables-focused chip is on the way.
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Qualcomm has already said as much, with its head of wearables previously confirming that a new processor and mysterious flagship device will be announced this fall; watches from other manufacturers are set to come by the holidays. The silicon is said to focus on efficiency, as you’d expect, enabling smaller watches with better battery life. Qualcomm did recently launch the Snapdragon Wear 2500 processor, but that’s designed for low-end kids’ watches that run a custom version of Android.