Polar may very well be plotting a return to Wear OS, the corporate’s CEO has hinted.
Final week, the Finnish sports activities big introduced that it might begin licensing its algorithms to 3rd events for the primary time through its ‘Powered by Polar’ platform – beginning with the Casio G-SHOCK HBD-2000.
And in an interview with Wareable, Sander Werring, Polar’s CEO, informed us that it was excited by developments in co-processor expertise on the most recent wearable platforms, and it was eying a return to Put on OS.
“Yeah, it is an choice,” Werring stated, when requested if the corporate would return to Google’s smartwatch platform.
“That is actually a state of expertise form of a query. And we do see this expertise now showing.
“The path for one of these expertise largely comes from the chipset producers. There’s new expertise round which permits CPUs to have a further chipset hub, and that will help you may incorporate algorithms which are proprietary to make them work for a wearable machine,” he continued.
It’s not clear whether or not Polar would manufacture its personal Put on OS machine or return to the platform as a part of its ‘Powered by Polar’ program. Given its participation within the Qualcomm Wearable Accelerator Program (WEAP), although, it may very well be the latter.
Werring was a keynote speaker that the corporate’s WEAP Summit at CES 2023, which introduced collectively wearables producers utilizing Qualcomm’s platform, together with Fossil, Mobvoi and others.
“The suggestions we obtained from the companions on the convention confirmed to us that that is actually an thrilling path. So, yeah, we anticipate increasingly thrilling launches to occur,” he stated.
Whereas we’re nonetheless ready for a Put on OS machine powered by the Snapdragon W5+ platform (rumors have it that the upcoming Mobvoi TicWatch Pro 5 would be the first), Werring stated that he was excited concerning the developments and the potential it has for monitoring of efficiency algorithms.
“It’s an thrilling growth from an influence administration perspective, and likewise the dedication to, as an instance, wrist wearable units or smaller wearable units. That is an thrilling growth for the business as a complete,” he stated.
The Polar M600 was the final Put on OS machine launched by the corporate – one which got here full with Polar’s personal sports activities monitoring and evaluation. Since that was introduced in 2015, although, the corporate hasn’t returned – one thing Werring attributes to being too early to the house.
He believes that the Polar M600 was forward of its time, and likewise that the expertise has now matured sufficient to make a brand new Polar Put on OS machine a actuality.
“We needed to do an excessive amount of heavy lifting in these days as a result of there was no reference in any way for one of these expertise on Put on OS,” he stated.
“That is the rationale why we did not see it via – and generally that is the case with improvements; generally you might be too early.
“The [Polar M600] was fairly nicely acknowledged for the standard we had been in a position to ship within the Put on OS area. However the effort taken to develop these merchandise in that point on that platform additional was principally too massive of an effort for us to maintain up and keep.
“So, I’d say the overall regular state of the expertise was not but there.”
James is the co-founder of Wareable, and he has been a expertise journalist for 15 years.
He began his profession at Future Publishing, James turned the options editor of T3 Journal and T3.com and was a daily contributor to TechRadar – earlier than leaving Future Publishing to discovered Wareable in 2014.
James has been on the helm of Wareable since 2014 and has develop into one of many main consultants in wearable applied sciences globally. He has reviewed, examined, and lined just about each wearable in the marketplace, and is passionate concerning the evolving business, and wearables serving to individuals obtain more healthy and happier lives.