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"You will see this new platform, this new architecture, significantly improve the look and feel of the watch whether you're interacting with it or not,"'s senior director of wearables, Pankaj Kedia, told the site.
Qualcomm, best known for its Snapdragon line of processors, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Wear OS is the operating system software formerly known as Android Wear.in March, signaling the software's distance from the Android smartphone OS and acknowledging that one-third of new Android Wear watch owners also use an iPhone. The came against the backdrop of a growing wearables market dominated by the Apple Watch.
The new chip and one or more smartwatches are expected later in the year.