In May, Google announced it would release a new version of its wearable operating system, which uses a range of technology and fashion brands, including Mobvoi iton Fossil Group. It’s called Wear OS 3, and is being developed jointly by Google, Samsung and Fitbit (the latter being now owned by Google). This new version is expected to provide better performance, longer battery life and more stand-alone and independent applications, as well as robust health and fitness features.
The first Wear OS 3 smartwatch will come from Samsung, and will likely appear in August. Unfortunately, that means the current Samsung smartwatches, like the Galaxy Watch3 above, will be no get an update because they are running another operating system. It’s Google also shares that only a few smartwatches qualify for an upgrade to Wear OS 3: Mobvoy’s TicWatch Pro 3 (GPS and LTE) and TicWatch E3. This implies that the new version requires Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Wear 4100 chip, as these are the only smartwatches on the market that use it. The smartwatches from the Fossil Group, which were launched later this year, will also have the possibility of upgrading, which means that they will also work on the same chip.
Unfortunately, things are gloomy even if you have the ability to upgrade. Google says the upgrade won’t be available until mid-2022 and will need to be reset to factory settings. Worse, you won’t enjoy the full-width features of Wear OS 3, as the platform is made for a brand new chipset. (Google did not specify whose chips for which it was made.) So for now, you should wait until the new smartwatches are launched with the new version.