Wear OS 3 is official, coming to these existing watches


Jimmy Westenberg / Android Authority

TL;DR

  • Today, Google revealed the official (and unsurprising) identify for its new wearable working system: Wear OS 3.
  • The firm additionally detailed which existing Wear OS watches will get the replace, and the record is small.
  • Even the watches that can see it received’t see it till late 2022 — and the replace might be problematic.

Thankfully, immediately Google announced the official and fully uninspired identify for the working system: Wear OS 3. If you had been betting on a brand new identify solely to signify that the OS is a brand new starting for Google, Samsung, and the myriad Wear OS companions, nicely — guess not.

Related: Wear OS buyer’s guide

Regardless, Google additionally introduced a bunch of details about Wear OS 3 that will likely be related to present Wear OS customers. There’s excellent news and unhealthy information. The excellent news is that some present watches will get the improve. The unhealthy information is that the record of watches is small and the replace received’t arrive till the second half of 2022. Ouch.

Wear OS 3: Supported present watches

Mobvoi TicWatch E3 profile with face on

Eric Zeman / Android Authority

This is the total record of watches that can finally get the brand new software program improve:

That’s it, that’s the record.

Interestingly, it seems no at the moment out there watches from any of the Fossil brands will get the replace. Considering the newest all-new Wear OS watch from Fossil is the Gen 5 from 2019, this isn’t too stunning. Still, it is disappointing that Google would depart the customers of one of many flagship manufacturers for Wear OS excessive and dry.

But wait, there’s extra. Google additionally warns that even the supported Wear OS 3 watches listed above may face issues with the replace. The firm mentioned that “in some limited cases, the user experience may be impacted.” We don’t know what which means, but it surely doesn’t sound good.

Please don’t purchase an Android smartwatch proper now

If you’ve bought your finger on the set off to purchase a Wear OS, Tizen, or just about any Android-focused smartwatch proper now, it is best to in all probability let go. Although there are many different watches on the market unaffected by this information — reminiscent of those from Garmin, for instance — Wear OS 3 might be a game-changer. You don’t need to have invested in a watch that will likely be out of date in a number of weeks, in any case. You additionally don’t need to put money into an existing ecosystem solely to discover out the brand new ecosystem is significantly better.

This additionally goes for Fitbit watches. Now that Google owns Fitbit, it’s assured future smartwatches from the model will include Wear OS 3, whereas some will nonetheless include Fitbit OS. Until we see what this new working system can do, it’d be finest to put a moratorium on smartwatch purchases.


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