Wear OS 3.0 is the latest edition of the smartwatch operating system – and one of the biggest updates to the platform ever.
Wear OS (formerly Android Wear) has been an extremely frustrating platform. It is available for smartwatch manufacturers to use on their devices, but has not kept pace with its competitors and has stagnated.
But now things are changing. Google and Samsung have joined forces for this new Wear OS – with Google-owned Fitbit handling a new health and fitness experience for the platform.
The Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 running Wear OS came out with Wear OS 3.0 already – and extremely well reviewed in our in-depth review. And the renewed interest in Wear OS has meant developers are putting their weight into creating brilliant new apps for the platform. Things are finally moving in the right direction.
But other watches aren’t expected to get the new OS until 2022, which is frustrating. And there are still question marks about its performance.
Here’s what you need to know and a look at what we can expect from Wear 3.0.
Port OS 3.0 at a glance:
- Wear OS to get the biggest update ever
- Unified operating system with Wear OS and Tizen fusion
- Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 and Classic are the first Wear 3.0 connected watches
- Some existing Wear smartwatches will benefit from the upgrade in 2022
- Longer battery life (2 days) and new app switching function
- New and improved apps for Wear OS
Wear OS 3.0 release date
Wear OS has already been technically launched, as it is available on the Galaxy Watch 4.
But deployment to Fossil and TicWatch devices (listed below) is slated for “2022” – and there’s no more information than that. Why wait ? Your guess is as good as ours.
Which Wear OS smartwatches will get Wear OS 3?
What current Wear OS watches will get Wear OS 3 has been a serious question overshadowing the announcement of the new operating system – and that’s not good news for most owners.
Currently, only the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 is running Wear OS 3.0.
The upgrade for the TicWatch Pro 3 and TicWatch E3 and new Fossil watches has been confirmed, but not until 2022.
All other current Wear OS devices will receive updates such as recent Play Store enhancements and Tiles changes. And Google will provide two years of security updates for the old platform.
Fossil (and Fossil brands)
The Fossil Gen 6 will be upgraded to Wear OS 3.0 – but that won’t happen until 2022. It’s now live with the older Wear OS 2.x.
And the new Michael Kors Access Gen 6 will also get the new OS.
However, none of the older Fossil or Fossil Brand watches will benefit from an upgrade.
The TicWatch Pro 3 and Ticwatch E3 will be the only Mobvoi smartwatches to be upgraded. However, officially Google says updates will not be released until âearly to mid-2022â.
The company has also released the new TicWatch Pro 3 Ultra GPS, which we are also waiting for confirmation that it will get Wear 3.0.
Suunto 7 will not receive an update to Wear OS.
The incredibly expensive Tag Heuer will stay on Wear OS 2 with no way to get the latest version.
Wear OS 3.0 is changing and what’s new?
Google revealed details during their I / O Developer Conference, and beyond their keynote speech, also provided more details during their dev sessions to give us a better idea of ââwhat’s up. wait. You can take a closer look in the video above, but here are some of the highlights:
The unified Wear OS / Tizen (we think the lion’s share is Wear OS) will bring a 30% increase in performance, smoother animations and UI, and increased application load times.
The battery life is also improved, but there are no specific details on the duration – but it looks like it will be two days maximum. However, Google used the example which “includes practical optimizations such as being able to run the heart rate sensor continuously during the day, track your sleep during the night, and still have battery power for the next day. “. We told you to temper your excitement.
Also mentioned new Wear features include quick app switching with a double tap of any of the physical buttons on the watch allowing you to switch between apps. Unused apps can run continuously in the background, allowing you to switch back and forth between them. You’ll also be able to see the most recent apps at the top of the new app launcher.
No more third-party tiles
Something Google had previously announced for the platform was the decision to open up the API for its Tiles widgets to enable more custom tiles that work on all watches running on the new Wear. Google has already confirmed that it is working on third-party tiles with Calm, Hole 19, Adidas Running, and others pictured above.
Watch face creation powered by Samsung
Google has revealed that one of the features that Samsung’s smartwatch platform brings that will benefit users is the ability to make it easier for designers to create watch faces for Wear smartwatches. Fitbit’s influence will also be felt here with its Bitmoji watch faces, which are also expected to be incorporated into the new Wear experience.
Along with Fitbit’s role in Wear, which we’ll cover below, Google announced a new health services platform designed to help developers build simple health and fitness services for Wear. This aspect of the new Wear was created in close collaboration with Samsung. One of the main goals is to create these new applications and exploit on-board sensors such as heart rate monitors while aiming to conserve battery life.
Wear OS 3.0: Fitbit will provide fitness tracking
James Park, CEO of Fitbit, which was acquired by Google, announced that Fitbit will power the fitness tracking experience on the new Wear OS. He pointed out “tracking health progress and celebrations on the wrist for motivation,” which leads us to believe that the experience will be straightforward at first.
Google offered a preview of what to expect and it seems heavily inspired by the user interface already used on Fitbit’s Versa and Sense smartwatches. So you will be able to see a snapshot of your day, including heart rate data and active zone minutes.
Park also announced that Fitbit will be launching âWear-based health watches using Google’s ambient computing capabilities,â which means we should see Wear OS Fitbits next year.
And there was news of revamped Wear OS apps, which everyone agreed was the driving force for Samsung to come back with Google for Wear OS.
Port applications to OS 3.0
There will be a bunch of “rebuilt apps” like Strava, Adidas Running, MyFitnessPal, and Facer. A new Spotify app will also launch that will include support for syncing offline playlists recently added to the Apple Watch Spotify app. You can get a closer look at what to expect in the video above.
Wear 3.0 apps confirmed for Wear 3.0
- Youtube music
- Google maps
- Sleep cycle
- Life sum
Google is also looking to improve its core apps, including Google Maps, which will let you navigate without your phone when it launches on watches later in 2021. It is also improving Google Pay with support for 26 additional countries and offering assistance in paying for public transport in the metro. systems in the United States.
Google’s new Strava app for Wear OS 3.0
There are also plans to revamp Google Assistant (about time) and there will also be the arrival of offline sync for YouTube Music and Spotify.
Besides bringing us more apps, it will also offer a new way to install apps. Google has revealed that soon you will be able to download and install apps directly from the Play Store phone app. It also improves the way you can find these apps on the Store, which is currently not a very easy thing to do.