Google finally announced The official name of its new unified platform for smartwatches is the name – and there are no surprises here: Wear OS 3. But in general, this announcement does not bring anything good for the owners of existing models.
Samsung and Google originally announced the merger of Tizen and Wear OS into a single platform at the May 2021 Google I / O conference. A month ago, Samsung announced that its replacement for Tizen OS would be called the One UI Watch, while Google, which originally called the new OS “Wear,” As expected, assigned the next version number three.
The official Wear OS 3 service page talks about compatibility with the Mobvoi TicWatch Pro 3 GPS, TicWatch Pro 3 Cellular / LTE, and TicWatch E3 smartwatches, as well as “Fossil Group’s next-generation models due out later this year.” In fact, from the existing models of Wear OS smartwatches, only three models will receive an update – on the Snapdragon Wear 4100. This also means that the upcoming sixth-generation Fossil smartwatches will enter the market with Wear OS 2 and later will receive an update to Wear OS 3. By the way, speaking about the timing of the release of this update to Wear OS 3 – Google warns that it will not be released until the second half of 2022. The company also stipulates that the update will be optional, and to install it will require a factory reset.
By now, we have already figured out that the existing Fossil and Samsung models will be left out, but the list of three supported models? And this is given statements by Qualcomm that the older Snapdragon Wear 3100 SoC supports Wear OS 3.
The upcoming smartwatch Samsung Galaxy Watch4, whose announcement is expected, and the new foldable smartphones Galaxy Z Fold3 and Z Flip3 at the presentation on August 11, will be running the new One UI Watch OS (aka Wear OS 3). And for existing models on Tizen, the company previously promised three years of updates (since the model’s release).