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Digitimes Research: Intel cooperation with Fossil to develop smartwatches will help expand influence in wearables market

Danny Kuo, DIGITIMES Research, Taipei 0

Intel's cooperation with Fossil to develop smartwatches equipped with Android Wear will help Intel expand its influence in the wearables market as well as extend Google's influence in the market.

Samsung Electronics, Motorola, LG Electronics and Asustek Computer have already unveiled Android Wear-based smartwatches all adopting Qualcomm chips. Fossil is the first vendor to decide to adopt an Intel processor for its Android Wear smartwatch.

Among Google's 11 Android Wear partners, five are chip players and six are system vendors. High Tech Computer (HTC) is currently the only one that still has not yet unveiled the processor it is using for its smartwatches.

Motorola's Android Wear smartwatch adopts a Texas Instruments chip, while Sony announced its entry into Android Wear development and unveiled its SmartWatch 3 during IFA 2014, but the smartwatch's processor is currently still unknown, said Digitimes Research.

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