All I want from this year’s Google I/O is an overdue gift from Qualcomm

Google’s partners are hitting a wall with Qualcomm. That needs to change

Google I/O is less than a month away, and our thoughts are starting to turn to what we’ll see at Mountain View’s big get-together. For me, I just want one thing: a new chip from Qualcomm.

Wait, don’t go. Look, I know chip chat sounds about as exciting as a root canal, but this is important – so stick with me. Google can do a lot more to improve Wear OS as a piece of software, but its biggest problem is the hardware running beneath the screen, and things aren’t going to dramatically improve until that changes. There’s just one problem: Qualcomm holds all the power, and it doesn’t seem to be doing much about it.

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