Google and Samsung have joined forces to take on the Apple Watch with their new Wear OS platform for smartwatches, a mix of Android and Samsung’s Tizen OS. Samsung has already shown us the capabilities and improvements of Wear OS 3 with the recently launched Galaxy Watch 4 wearable.
And while the new version of Wear OS is not planned for all existing smartwatches, new details have emerged regarding its compatibility and the watches that will benefit from the advantages offered by Wear OS 3 in the market. Here are all the details you need to know about Wear OS 3, what’s changed in the new version, and which smartwatches are getting the update.
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Google Wear OS 3 release date
Google hasn’t officially shared the Wear OS 3 platform release date for other smartwatches. As you may recall, the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 is the first smartwatch to receive the Wear OS 3 version right out of the box in 2021. Other non-Samsung smartwatches should ideally receive Wear OS 3 this year. We hope to learn more about device compatibility at Google I/O 2022, which is expected to take place around May/June this year.
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So who will get the Wear OS 3 version? The Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 4100 is the latest wearable SoC on the market, which is why any wearable launched with this hardware can be upgraded to Wear OS 3. The list of smartwatches compatible with Wear OS 3 is quite limited, and it includes brands like Fossil and Mobvoi at the moment. Here are the smartwatches that will be upgraded to the Wear OS 3 version:
– Fossil Gen 6
–Michael Kors Gen 6
– Skagen Falster Gen 6
– TicWatch Pro (GPS and LTE models)
– TicWatch Pro 3 Ultra
– TichWatch E3
Anyone who owns these smartwatches should expect to receive the Wear OS 3 release in the coming months.
Google Wear OS 3: New features and improvements
Wear OS 3 brings many changes, new features and even the interface has been revamped to give a fresh start. The biggest new feature is support for Android apps like YouTube, Google Maps, and Pay.
Apps are now available as tiles, just like what you get on Android 11 and later with smartphones. Thus, the Google News, the Calendar or the Alarm application are presented in the form of tiles on this version for smartwatches. With Wear OS 3, Google also makes it easier to navigate between smartwatch apps and shows you which apps are running in the background.
Fitness is at the heart of Google’s focus on wearables, and its acquisition of Fitbit makes the case for such plans. So we expect Wear OS 3 to feature a native Fitbit app with enhanced functionality for users.
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And yes, Wear OS 3 also gets the biggest improvement of all, which is longer battery life.
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