Chipmaker Qualcomm said last month that it plans to launch new Snapdragon Wear chipsets and according to code digging by XDA Developers, its next chip for smartwatches will be called the Snapdragon Wear 5100.
The publication came across the build ID “LAW.UM.2.0-00700-SW5100.0” on Qualcomm’s Code Aurora Forum. “LAW” is short for “Linux Android Wear.” Android Wear is what Wear OS was formerly known as. “UM” supposedly stands for “Unified Modem,” and “SW5100” could be short for Snapdragon Wear 5100. The chip is codenamed “monaco.”
Although Qualcomm has said that Snapdragon Wear 3100, 4100+ and 4100 platforms are capable of running Wear OS 3.0, the future looks bleak for most current watches.
Snapdragon Wear 5100 specs
Qualcomm’s clients are turning into adversaries. Samsung’s renewed focus on its Exynos chips and its partnership with AMD suggests it may eventually stop using Snapdragon chips. What’s more, Google and Samsung are getting closer.