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Qualcomm’s Wearables Ecosystem Accelerator program helps wearables companies learn and collaborate on new products. The goal is to reduce common pain points in the smartwatch industry, such as slow production times and the high costs of adopting new technologies. Nearly 50 brands are already part of the program, including Mobvoi, Verizon, Fossil, BBK and Arm.
Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon Wear SoC is efficient and capable, but you might not know it — only two smartwatches have launched with the latest Qualcomm chip since its announcement more than a year ago. Chipset adoption has been a constant problem in recent years, but Qualcomm is doing something about it. Today, it is announcing its own Wearables Ecosystem Accelerator Program to help companies involved in the wearables space learn and collaborate on new products.
The accelerator program consists of smartwatch OEMs and ODMs, ISPs, independent hardware and software developers (IHVs and ISVs), and system integrators. Nearly 50 brands are already part of the program, including notable members such as Arm, BBK, Fossil, Mobvoi, Oppo, TCL, Timex, Verizon and ZTE.
Qualcomm’s goal with the program is to “facilitate collaboration among members” and speed up problem solving. In other words, companies involved in the smartwatch space will be able to talk to each other on a regular basis and help each other solve unique problems. It’s a way to get everyone in the room at the same time to make things go faster.
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Engaged companies can conduct training sessions on new technologies, demonstrate concepts, share new technology and production directions, and discuss industry trends. Hopefully, some of the most common problems plaguing the smartwatch space — slow production times and high costs of adopting new technologies — will be alleviated as a result of this program.
Qualcomm plans to launch the program at the Wearables Ecosystem Summit this fall.
Qualcomm isn’t just developing chipsets for Wear OS — it has its hands in many other segments, such as smartwatches for kids and teens, wearables for seniors, and pet trackers. The company has shipped more than 40 million units in the past five years and there is no doubt that the wearables market is growing rapidly. Now is a good time for the company to take things to the next level.