The biggest Wear OS announcement earlier today at Google I/O is undoubtedly Google’s confirmation that it’s finally making a Pixel Watch. Our attention is mostly focused on this news alone at the moment, but Google has shared some news regarding its other partners in the wearable space.
On a single slide and for 3 seconds, Google said that there will be new Wear OS watches this summer from partners such as Fossil, Montblanc, TAG Heuer and Mobvoi, as well as watches from the various ranges of the Fossil group, such as Skagen and Hublot and Michael Kors.
I think it’s safe to assume that these will all be powered by Wear OS 3 out of the box, possibly with their own unique software experiences or at least upgraded hardware. If anything, I just hope this saves people from having to go through the full watch wipe process that Google outlined last year.
You must feel a little for anyone who has purchased a Fossil Gen 6 or Mobvoi watch in recent months. While we still believe these are slated for an upgrade, I can’t help but worry that the process of upgrading from Wear OS 2 to Wear OS 3 will be troublesome. If you’re considering a current watch, you should probably wait for now. Just wait for Fossil to show off its new devices or for Google to tell us exactly what we can buy the Pixel Watch for.
Oh, and yes, don’t forget the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 range.