Wear OS Overview Updated August 5, 2020

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March 2014 - August 2020

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 August 5

Google is preparing to shift all Google Play Music users over to YouTube Music in just a matter of weeks, but there are still a lot of loose ends to tie up to get to feature parity. Today, Google has confirmed that the Play Music app for Wear OS will die in just a couple of weeks, but YouTube Music isn’t coming any time soon.

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Wear OS Stories August 4

Google tests eye-catching Weather Tile redesign on Wear OS

Just before I/O last year, Wear OS added Tiles to the right of the watchface that provide quick access to bite-sized pieces of information. After recently adding one for hand washing, Google is tweaking the Weather tile with a bold and fresh new design.

Wear OS Stories July 23

Oppo’s next smartwatch will adopt Google’s Wear OS, launching July 31st

Oppo released its first smartwatch just earlier this year, but it’s already getting a new version. Debuting next week, an updated Oppo Watch is set to run on Google’s Wear OS platform.

Wear OS Stories July 9

Five new Wear OS watches from Fossil have been listed with the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG), suggesting Gen 6 Fossil watches may be coming soon.

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The most important form factor Android operates on is phones, and yearly updates reflect that focus. Following the launch of Beta 2, Google today hosted an Android 11 AMA where they received a number of questions about other platforms. In talking about Wear OS, the company all but confirmed that Android 11 will be the next major wearable update.

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Wear OS Stories June 30

Google’s wearable platform has struggled in recent years, to the point where its market share is so minimal it’s essentially a no-show in most reports. Today, Qualcomm announced a brand-new Snapdragon Wear 4100 processor which brings a lot of improvements. With those improvements in mind, it’s got us wondering — what actually is the worst part of Wear OS?

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