Early last month, market research firm IDC announced the first quarter of 2018 global wearable devices.Market Report. Data show that the first quarter of the global wearable device shipments of 25 million 100 thousand units, an increase of 1.2% over the same period, far below 18% in the same period last year.
Although the overall market growth has declined, Apple's performance is quite bright. Apple shipped 4 million units in the first quarter, an increase of 13.5% over the previous year, with a market share of 16.1%.
In wearable devices, especially in the smart watch market, Apple has become more and more important.
However, there are numerous reports that another giant will try to break this situation.
In March of this year, Google officially launched its smart watch operating system launched in 2014 from Android Wear.RenameIt is Wear OS. In addition to changing the name, Google also redesigned the brand Logo for Wear OS and updated the new domain name, which has the flavor of brand upgrade.
If Google's action is to seize more markets and compete with apple, no one will be against it. Dennis Troper, the head of Wear OS, also talked about and acknowledged the idea of changing the name of the operating system.
No matter what type of watch you wear on your wrist, or what mobile phone you have in your pocket, we think the mission of Android Wear (Wear OS) is to use wearable technology to serve all people.
The need to seize the market, only by software can not. There are many smart watches running Wear OS on the market, but no Apple Watch status can be seen.
And unlike Pixel and Pixelbook's Android and Chrome OS, at present, the "Pro son" of Wear OS has not yet appeared. From the experience of mobile phones and computers, "Pro son" is undoubtedly the best candidate to bring into full play the characteristics of Wear OS.
In view of this, Google launched its own smart watch hardware, and I believe it will only be a matter of time.
What time do you come?
Evan Blass has been on twitter before.BurstIn addition to Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL and Pixel Buds, Google will launch a smart watch called Pixel Watch this autumn.
Technology media TechReaderExpressSince Google Pixel and Google Pixel 2 were released in October and 2017, respectively, the third generation of Pixel phones this year, the Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL, are also likely to be released in October. Pixel Watch will also follow the Pixel 3 series of mobile phones.
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On the other side, the German technology media WinFuture was also in May.reportOver the development process of Pixel Watch. They say that Pixel Watch has reached the stage of testing mass production. This also means that Pixel Watch has been basically completed in the design stage and is likely to meet with you in the coming months.
Therefore, combined with the above media and the prediction of revelations, this year's October will be the most likely time for Pixel Watch to launch.
What does it look like?
WinFuture reported in the report that at present, Google is developing three smart watches, with code names of Ling, Triton and Sardine.
TechReader believes that Pixel Watch will be a high-end product with many latest technologies.
Qualcomm's Wear series processors will be the first choice for Pixel Watch without accident. Qualcomm senior director of wearable device Department Pankaj KediaExpressQualcomm will launch a new wearable device processor this fall, and the "flagship level" device that carries the processor will be launched before Christmas.
According to Kedia's information revealed in the interview, this flagship level device is likely to be Pixel Watch.
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In February 2016, Qualcomm released its new generation of chips for wearable devices: Xiaolong Wear 2100. Xiaolong Wear 2100 is equipped with four Cortex A7 cores and Adreno 304 GPU, while supporting 4G/LTE, it also supports QC 2 fast charging. The chip, which will be launched this fall, will be a follow-up product of Xiaolong Wear 2100. As for the chip model, there are many media speculation is Xiaolong Wear 3100.
Through the content of Kedia interview, we can also see some features of Xiaolong Wear 3100. The first is the optimization of Google Assistant. He said that the new chip will focus on improving the user experience of Google Assistan, making it more intelligent and more attractive in visual effects.
In addition, Kedia has revealed improvements in power management. Kedia said that in power management, new products will have a "significant upgrade". And according to XDA DevelopersForecastXiaolong Wear 3100 will have an independent operation energy management unit named Blackghost. It will optimize the performance of smart watches and enable smart watches to respond to voice commands at any time without lighting up.
Kedia also said that the new generation of chips will help improve users' experience of using smart watches to manage sports, but further details have not been disclosed.
In addition to looking for clues, TechReader also predicted some characteristics of Pixel Watch:
In appearance, the Pixel Watch will select the circular dial and use the crown or rotatable border design.
In the way of unlocking, TechReader thinks that Pixel Watch will adopt biometrics, and the best choice is fingerprint recognition under the screen.
The energy saving mode of Pixel Watch with independent energy consumption management chip and Wear OS will reach 3 days in duration.
In addition to the above features, TechReader also predicts that Pixel Watch will support functions such as waterproofing and NFC payment.
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On this year's WWDC, apple officially announced that the new generation of watchOS will no longer support the early generation of Apple Watch. I believe a lot of early Apple Watch users like me are also considering updating. But the almost invariable appearance of Apple Watch in the past four years is hard to arouse my desire to buy again. After all, like watches, the proportion of appearance attributes in purchasing decisions is relatively high compared to other electronic products.
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However, in recent years, the smart watches running Android Wear (now called Wear OS) are more sophisticated than Apple Watch. And as Wear OS is becoming more and more friendly to iPhone users (Android Wear has formally supported iPhone from 2015), it is believed that users who need to change tables a little wait for the upcoming Pixel Watch is not a better choice.