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Wear OS 3 is official and comes to these existing watches



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TL; DR

  • Today, Google unveiled the official (and not surprisingly) name of the new portable operating system: Wear OS 3.
  • The company also detailed which existing Wear OS watches will receive the update, and the list is small.
  • Even watches that want to see it will not see it until late 2022 – and the update can be problematic.

Fortunately, Google today announced the official and completely uninspired name of the operating system: Wear OS 3. If you are betting on a new name entirely to represent that the OS is a new beginning for Google, Samsung and the countless Wear OS partners, well – guess not.

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In any case, Google also announced a bunch of information about Wear OS 3 that will be relevant to current Wear OS users. There is good news and bad news. The good news is that some current watches will get the upgrade. The bad news is that the list of watches is small, and the update will not come until the second half of 2022. Sorry.

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Mobvoi TicWatch E3 profile with face on

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This is the complete list of watches that will eventually get the new software upgrade:

That’s it, that’s the list.

Interestingly, it seems that no available watches from any of the fossil brands will get the update. Considering that the latest brand new Wear OS watch from Fossil is Gen 5 from 2019, this is not so surprising. Still, it is disappointing that Google will leave the users of one of the flagship brands for Wear OS standing tall and dry.

But wait, there’s more. Google also warns that even the supported Wear OS 3 watches listed above may have problems with the update. The company said that “in some limited cases, the user experience may be affected.” We do not know what that means, but it does not sound good.

Do not buy an Android smartwatch right now

If you have your finger on the trigger to buy a Wear OS, Tizen or just about any Android-focused smartwatch right now, you should probably let go. Although there are many other watches out there that are not affected by this news – such as those from Garmin – Wear OS 3 can be a game changer. You will not have invested in a watch that after all will be obsolete in a few weeks. You also do not want to invest in an existing ecosystem just to find out that the new ecosystem is much better.

This also applies to Fitbit watches. Now that Google owns Fitbit, it is assured that future smartwatches from the brand will come with Wear OS 3, while some will still come with Fitbit OS. Until we see what this new operating system can do, it will be best to put a moratorium on the purchase of smartwatches.


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