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Wear OS on RISC-V is on the way in form of new Qualcomm wearables platform

Something new is coming to Wear OS. (Source: Qualcomm)
Something new is coming to Wear OS. (Source: Qualcomm)
Qualcomm and Google has announced that RISC-V-based wearables with all the benefits of Wear OS might be on the cards in the near future. The two OEMs are currently collaborating on such a new platform with the emerging alternative to ARM and software support for the same. This new version of Snapdragon Wear might be just the tip of the iceberg for the wider integration of RISC-V throughout the entirety of Android devices.

Qualcomm has announced that it has a new form of Snapdragon Wear in the works: one based on the open-source RISC-V architecture rather than that of ARM as usual. Furthermore, the company will work with Google to optimize the resulting SoCs for Wear OS.

Therefore, RISC-V may gain more users in the form of those inclined to buy next-gen wearables that run one of the market's best-known software platforms soon.

Qualcomm has yet to specify whether the instruction set will completely replace Snapdragon Wear on ARM, although it has confirmed that its RISC-V-based counterpart will be available "globally including the US".

Accordingly, it is possible that the new wearables might be introduced gradually, whereas those based on ARM might be phased out. A switch to RISC-V might also imply the potential for lighter, thinner and more affordable Wear OS devices, as well as a more diverse array of the same, in the near future.

This new Qualcomm x Google project might also be merely the first evidence of an effort to sell more and more Android and Android-adjacent things powered by RISC-V in the future.

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2023-10-17 (Update: 2023-10-18)