Wear OS Overview Updated October 21, 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 October 21

Spotify says adding offline playback to its Wear OS app is ‘virtually impossible’

Google’s Wear OS platform has had a Spotify app for a while, but it’s only ever had the ability to play music on your phone or on connected devices throughout the home. When questioned about why the app can’t store music offline on Wear OS smartwatches, Spotify said it was “impossible.”

Wear OS Stories October 19

Wear OS’ current flagship, the TicWatch Pro 3, is probably getting an LTE variant soon

Last month the first Wear OS smartwatch using the Snapdragon Wear 4100 chipset hit the market, the TicWatch Pro 3. Now, it sure looks like Mobvoi is preparing to launch a second version of the TicWatch Pro 3, this time with LTE support.

Wear OS Stories October 12

It’s hard not to be tough on Wear OS and feel guilty, but the advent of new Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear chipsets really does hint at a bright future for the platform — and the Mobvoi TicWatch Pro 3 helps prove that.

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Wear OS Stories October 5

This year’s crop of Wear OS smartwatches had a couple of big highlights with perhaps the biggest being Fossil’s Gen 5 lineup. Options such as the Skagen Falster 3 really stood out compared to other Wear OS watches, but as usual, Fossil’s hardware doesn’t come cheap. Now, Fossil Gen 5E is delivering a more affordable smartwatch.

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Wear OS Stories September 24

Mobvoi’s lastest TicWatch Pro 3 is a big deal. With this smartwatch being the first to come with the new Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 4100 chipset, it could be the biggest leap forward for Wear OS for some time. We’ve spent some time getting to know the TicWatch Pro 3, to better understand whether this is the answer to many of the platform’s woes, or if it’s just another false dawn.

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The latest Qualcomm chipset for smartwatches, the Snapdragon Wear 4100, represents the biggest leap in power Wear OS has ever seen. Today, the first watch with that chip is hitting the market. The TicWatch Pro 3 is official — here’s what you need to know about it.

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