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.
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.
Recommended Wear OS Watches |
- Fossil Gen 5
- Mobvoi TicWatch Pro 4G
- Fossil Sport
- Skagen Falster 2
- Mobvoi TicWatch E2
- Other Smartwatches for Android
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.
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