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Qualcomm Asks That we Keep Smartphones Separate from Smartwatches

Smart wearables such as smartwatches are becoming more mainstream in the tech world. Though they still have their limits. They are really nothing when compared to, or without, the phones in our pockets. Qualcomm would like this to change.

Right now smartwatches and other wearables are very reliant on our phones and this does need to change. There have been some attempts to rectify this situation such as the Samsung Gear S and the LG Watch Urbane LTE, which was cancelled. Though we are still waiting for the full potential of wearables to be unleashed.


Qualcomm’s Director of Business Development Bent Timmons held a briefing where he said that we need to make our smartwatches more independent. He believes that if a smartwatch is tethered to something it doesn’t really do what people want it to do. He believes that you make a compromise whenever you make a tethered wearable. While he does have a point there, it doesn’t mean that tethering is automatically a bad thing.

In actuality a lot of the Android Wear smartwatches on the market today make use of Qualcomm chips. While they do rely on your smartphone these devices aren’t completely useless on their own.

When you consider that we almost always have our smartphones with us anyway it doesn’t become such a big deal that we need them to use our wearables. The tethering also keeps the price of the smartwatch down and means that we don’t need a separate contract or SIM card for them.

When you look at it that way there is room for smartwatches and smartphones to get along together without independent of one another. Though of course it will definitely be good if the smartwatch market expanded to include devices that aren’t reliant on your smartphone.

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