Wear OS 3 is the most promising smartwatch development for Android users, but Google says the new experience won't be available on many current models. If you're excited about the next Wear OS, this could be the worst time to buy a new watch, as even eligible models won't receive it until the second half of 2022.
Google announced earlier this year that it was working with Samsung to combine Wear OS and Tizen to create a cross-platform to use the strengths of both in competition with the Apple Watch.
We already know that Samsung will be the first to release the Wear OS 3 smartwatch on the Galaxy Watch 4, which is expected to appear at the Galaxy Unpacked event next month. The company said that this is the first wearable to be offered with the new “One UI” experience, and it is expected to use the new Exynos W920 chipset. It's also interesting that one of the big promises with Wear OS 3 is that it will make it to existing smartwatches. Google clarified today that Wear OS 3 will face a limited number of models in the second half of 2022, which is disappointing but not entirely unexpected. Currently, there are a few devices for sale that are receiving the updated version, while all watches with the Snapdragon Wear 3100 chip or earlier will remain.
Google seems to think that the best experience requires the power of Qualcomm's Snapdragon Wear 4100 and 4100+, lasting just over a year, available. Current Samsung smartwatch owners don't stand a chance either, and buying a new watch at this point might not be the best idea.
The only devices supported so far for Wear OS 3 upgrades are the Mobo TicWatch Pro 3 Cellular/LTE, TicWatch Pro 3 GPS, and TicWatch E3. Future smartwatches Mobvoi and Fossil will not be released with Wear OS 3, but owners can upgrade to newer versions. However, Google has warned that not all new features will be available in these hours, while performance may be affected as a result of the upgrade.
The company also states that people who decide to get Wear OS 3 on an eligible device should do a factory reset. Wear OS 2 users and those who don't want to upgrade will get a new experience in the Play Store and will receive security updates for at least two years after the device's launch. p>
Google's updated Wear OS will not be available on many current smartwatches