Wear OS Overview Updated November 14, 2019

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Wear OS is Google’s wearable platform which is designed to run on watches. It’s based on a modified version of Android, designed by Google, and used on many third-party smartwatches.

Google’s Wear OS was first announced in 2014 under the name Android Wear and has since been renamed and redesigned. The platform is designed to run applications, deliver notifications, and allow users to keep up with their digital lives directly from their watch.

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Google Assistant is a key Wear OS feature

Wear OS powers a ton of different smartwatches from many different manufacturers. Fossil is the biggest brand in the space with its sub-brands Skagen, Misfit, and others making some of the most attractive Wear OS watches. Mobvoi, a Chinese company with investment from Google, also produces its TicWatch products using Wear OS. High-end brands such as Louis Vuitton, Tag Heuer, Montblanc, and others have also used Wear OS.


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In recent years, Google’s focus with Wear OS has allowed the platform to function more on its own compared to in years past. LTE watches have been released, and better specifications have also helped fix performance complaints. Pricing on Wear OS watches varies from model to model, but some models cost under $200 with most of our favorites being around $300.

You can read more on Wear OS, the latest news about the platform and its apps, below.

Wear OS Stories Today

‘Montblanc Summit 2+’ apparently in the works as another Wear OS watch w/ LTE

One of the first Wear OS smartwatches to use the Snapdragon Wear 3100 processor was the premium Montblanc Summit 2, and now it appears there’s a revision on its way. According to a public listing, the Montblanc Summit 2+ in the works that includes LTE connectivity.

Wear OS Stories Yesterday

Thanks to some updates, Google’s Wear OS has been getting slightly better over the past several months, but not to the extent it needs to. In its latest attempt to improve things, Google has redesigned the Play Store for Wear OS with some welcome tweaks.

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Wear OS Stories November 8

The wearable market continues to heat up, but the Apple Watch remains heavily dominant. According to the latest report from Strategy Analytics, Samsung saw excellent growth in Q3 2019 with its wearables as Fitbit saw a slight increase as well.

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Wear OS Stories November 5

The Xiaomi Mi Watch has now been officially unveiled, with the Wear OS-powered smartwatch bearing a striking resemblance to the Apple Watch.

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Wear OS Stories November 4

Google’s Wear OS lags behind a lot of competitors when it comes to health and fitness features, but the smartwatches using the platform are usually genuinely good at being an actual wristwatch. However, thanks to daylight savings time, a bug has come up with Wear OS’s always-on display, but there’s an easy fix.

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Wear OS Stories November 1

Well, it happened. Google has officially announced plans to acquire leading wearable maker Fitbit. In a post, Google explains that this acquisition is largely to bolster the company’s Wear OS platform and also to help bring Made by Google wearables to market.

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