Wear OS Overview Updated October 18, 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

Fossil’s Gen 5 smartwatch is the best Wear OS watch you can buy right now, and this week it’s getting a little bit better on iOS. An update for Fossil Gen 5 that’s rolling out right now lets the watch make phone calls if it’s connected to an iPhone.

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Wear OS Stories October 8

[Update: October 2019] The best smartwatches for Android you can buy today

Finding the right smartwatch can be very difficult on Android, especially with so many options out there. If you’ve been trying to find the right smartwatch for your wrist, these are the best Android smartwatches you can buy today.

Wear OS Stories October 5

The biggest name in Wear OS is Fossil, and the company isn’t showing any signs of slowing down with Google’s platform, either. While Google basically ignores its existence, Fossil is pumping out hardware, and now making some modifications to the software, too. The Fossil Gen 5 smartwatch is currently the best Wear OS has to offer — it’s just a shame that it’s still not enough for most people.

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Wear OS Stories September 23

According to the Wear OS companion app for Android, Xiaomi might be working on a smartwatch powered by Google’s wearable platform. Wear OS 2.28 today features a string that references a “Mi Wear” companion app.

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Wear OS Stories September 20

While we argue over the inherent strengths and weaknesses of Wear OS, Fossil continues to pump out superb smartwatch hardware — a prime example being the Misfit Vapor X.

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Movado’s original Connect smartwatch was one of the most enticing Wear OS smartwatches from a design aspect, and now the company is back with the Movado Connect 2.0. It brings better specs, welcome hardware features, and also a lower starting price of $495.

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