Ron Amadeo, writing for Ars Technica:
Ars Technica would like to wish a very special second birthday to
the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 SoC. While most flagship SoCs
have a life cycle of about one year on the top of the market, over
the weekend the Wear 2100 will celebrate two years as the least
awful smartwatch SoC you can use in an Android Wear device. It’s
positively ancient at this point.
Seriously though, Qualcomm has seemingly abandoned the smartwatch
market. The Wear 2100 SoC was announced in February 2016, Qualcomm
skipped out on an upgrade for February 2017, and it doesn’t seem
like we’re getting a new smartwatch chip any time soon.
At this point, Apple and Samsung are the only two names in the game. And you don’t hear any stories about Samsung watches selling well, so I’m not sure how much in the game they are, either.
★ Monday, 12 February 2018