Wear OS Overview Updated March 31, 2020

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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 March 31

Apple this morning revealed the surprising acquisition of the excellent Dark Sky weather app. In the process, Dark Sky for Android and Wear OS will be killed by Apple later this year.

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Wear OS Stories March 19

New Moto 360 w/ Wear OS now available from B&H Photo for $349

Wear OS watches have slowly been getting better over the past year, and one of the best examples has been the third-generation Moto 360 we reviewed early this year. Now that watch is available from B&H Photo as another buying option.

Wear OS Stories March 12

Wear OS spawns a ton of different form factors and wildly different designs too. Today, TAG Heuer has launched its latest Wear OS smartwatch, the TAG Heuer Connected 2020 which delivers updated specs and a price tag you still can’t justify.

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Wear OS Stories March 11

The challenges facing Google in the wearables arena won’t instantly be solved by the recent acquiring of Fitbit, but after claiming 6% of the market share in 2019, at least it now some sort of “foothold” in the wearable space.

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Wear OS Stories March 10

Back in 2018, luxury brand Montblanc was the first to launch a Snapdragon Wear 3100 watch. Montblanc is now back with a Summit 2+ that’s slightly larger and adds LTE. Meanwhile, this debut is coinciding with Google adding eSIM activation and management from the Wear OS companion app.

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Wear OS Stories March 9

Google’s Wear OS platform isn’t the best for wearables today, but it’s a solid foundation that powers a lot of smartwatches that might soon get a lot better. Now, if you have a Samsung smartphone, Google is making the Wear OS app available through the Samsung Galaxy Store.

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