Montblanc today announced the Summit 3 watch at €1,250. The big news here is that the watch will come with Wear OS 3.0 pre-installed. This makes it the next watch outside of the Samsung Galaxy 4 to run the latest iteration of Google’s operating system.
The luxury watch is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 4100+ processor. So it should be able to easily support Wear OS 3.
The watch is not expected to launch until July 15. Which gives us a good idea of when Wear OS 3 might be available for other watches. Until now, there were few clues as to when this might happen.
Montblanc claims their latest watch can track steps, sleep, blood oxygen, heart rate and more. An improvement over its predecessor is that you can now track workouts from the watch itself. Other than that, the battery life would be longer. Hopefully it will go beyond a day between charges.
Other than that, there is little other info. Besides three titanium case colors and various band options. Which include: a gray case paired with black calfskin and blue rubber straps; black paired with black calfskin and black rubber straps; and a black/silver case with green leather and black rubber straps.
Confusion around Wear OS 3.0
There was a bit of confusion last year about which devices will be able to run Wear OS 3.0. Over the months since the initial announcement, Google and individual manufacturers have clarified the situation.
In June 2021, Qualcomm said watches containing Snapdragon Wear 3100 or Snapdragon Wear 4100/4100+ will be able to run the upgraded platform. A Qualcomm spokesperson had this to say.
“We are working with Google to bring Wear OS 3.0 to the Snapdragon Wear 4100+ and 4100 platforms. Snapdragon Wear 3100, 4100+ and 4100 are capable of supporting Wear OS 3.0, but we are not discussing specifics at this time.
The nuance in the wording was interesting. The release says the duo is “working” to bring the operating system to 4100 platforms. But he only added that the 3100s are “capable of handling it”.
In July 2021, a Google blog post listed watches that might run the platform by name. To be more specific, it lists “upgrade-eligible” devices.
Google Wear OS 3.0 – what is it?
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for a while, you would have heard of Google’s plans for its operating system. It has teamed up with Samsung and Fitbit on a new and improved Wear OS 3.0 operating system.
The software should fix some of the common issues encountered by watches running the platform. Slow performance, short battery life, and health and fitness tracking that leave a lot to be desired should be high on the list.
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The hope is that Wear OS 3.0 will be a worthy adversary to the nemesis – the Apple WatchOS! It’s considered the biggest Wear OS update in a long time.
Which watches will be compatible with Wear OS 3.0?
What wasn’t clear after the original Wear OS 3.0 announcement was which devices would be compatible. Qualcomm had clarified things a bit with its statement, so at least we know which watches could theoretically run the OS.
But that doesn’t mean that all watches with Snapdragon Wear 3100, 4100+ and 4100 will be. For example, Fossil said its Gen 6 watches will get the new Wear OS, but older devices won’t. Qualcomm’s statement at least confirms that new hardware isn’t needed to run the system.
Google helped clear up the confusion. Where does he have it?
Google says installing WearOS 3.0 will prompt you to “upgrade and reset your smartwatch to the way it was when you first received it” i.e. to factory settings. Then he adds that because of this, some users may not want to upgrade, for this reason he will offer the new OS on an opt-in basis.
The search giant also said that those who have eligible devices but choose not to upgrade will receive software and security updates for at least two years (from device launch). The same goes for those who don’t have eligible devices.
As for when that will happen, the search giant says it expects brands to start rolling out the update to eligible devices in “mid or second half of 2022.” It was a bit of a surprise as we expected it to be earlier. With the launch of Montblanc, we at least know that Wear OS 3 is ready to roll out. Either from mid-July.
Until now, the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 was the only one running the software. Specifically, it runs on a merged platform. There is a One UI Watch skin that overlays Wear OS 3.0. The idea is to get the best of both worlds – the look and feel of Samsung software, plus the benefits of Google Play Store.
But what about other brands? Which of their devices will be able to run the platform in 2022? Here is the confirmed roster as it currently stands:
- Fossil Gen 6 Watches – Fossil has confirmed that anything below Gen 6 will not be eligible for the upgrade, so owners of these devices are out of luck. But all Gen 6 watches will be, including those from sub-brands. This includes Razer x Fossil and the Skagen Falster Gen 6 which were announced at CES 2022 in January.
- Michael Kors Gen 6 Bradshaw
- Mobvoi TicWatch Pro 3 GPS
- TicWatch Pro 3 Cellular/LTE
- TicWatch E3 and track on TicWatch devices.
- Tag Heuer Caliber E4 (both models)
- Google Pixel Watch (expected to launch fall 2022)
Tag Heuer Connected Caliber E4.
What is clearly missing from this list are Suunto, Montblanc and other brands. There has been no news from them yet. We’ll update this list when we know more.
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