Qualcomm registers smartwatch trademark

Is the chipmaker planning on creating a reference design for smartwatches?

Chipmaker Qualcomm may be planning to enter the smartwatch race.

Qualcomm has filed a trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office under the name Qualcomm TOQ. The request was filed on June 26th.

The application describes it as a “personal communication hub in the form of a wristwatch, portable electronic devices for transmitting and reviewing text, data, image and audio files; hands free devices for mobile phones, battery chargers”.

The company has a history of filing trademarks for consumer products. However, it does not usually enter the market itself. Rather, it often produces what are known as reference designs for other manufacturers to licence.

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Many smartphones currently on the market use some of Qualcomm’s reference designs for their insides.

If Qualcomm decides to launch a reference design – similar to how it licences its Snapdragon processors – then it could result in a new wave of smartwatches hitting the market.

Apple, Google and Samsung are all rumoured to be readying smartwatches for launch within the next six months.

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The long rumoured iWatch could be unveiled at next month’s Apple event. The company is thought to be preparing to unveil the successor to the current iPhone 5, as well as introducing a new budget iPhone.

Little has been heard about the iWatch since the company began filing trademark applications for the name earlier this year.

Almost nothing of Google’s rumoured smartwatch has been heard lately either. The company is thought to be focusing most of its commercial efforts on Google Glass for the time being.

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Only Samsung’s smartwatch – rumoured to be called the Galaxy Gear – is almost certain to be unveiled any time soon. Speculation is strong that the Korean company will use its Samsung Unpacked Episode 2 event next month to unveil its smartwatch.

Sony and Kickstarter-backed Pebble already have smartwatches out.

Sony is expected to launch the successor to its original Smartwatch – the Sony Smartwatch 2 on September 9th.

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You can check out our hands on preview of the Sony Smartwatch 2 in the video below.

Via: Phandroid