Wear OS Overview Updated December 2, 2019

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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 December 2

Xiaomi’s Wear OS-based Apple Watch clone adds support for iPhones

Xiaomi launched its first Wear OS smartwatch earlier this year and it’s basically an Apple Watch clone running a skinned Wear OS. Now, the Xiaomi Mi Watch is adding support for iPhones with an update.

Wear OS Stories November 26

While Wear OS isn’t in the strong position it probably should be, there is no doubt that the solid selection of styles you can choose from makes the smartwatch OS an enticing prospect — and now entering the fray is the Emporio Armani Smartwatch 3.

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Wear OS Stories November 14

‘Montblanc Summit 2+’ apparently in the works as another Wear OS watch w/ LTE

One of the first Wear OS smartwatches to use the Snapdragon Wear 3100 processor was the premium Montblanc Summit 2, and now it appears there’s a revision on its way. According to a public listing, the Montblanc Summit 2+ in the works that includes LTE connectivity.

Wear OS Stories November 13

Thanks to some updates, Google’s Wear OS has been getting slightly better over the past several months, but not to the extent it needs to. In its latest attempt to improve things, Google has redesigned the Play Store for Wear OS with some welcome tweaks.

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Wear OS Stories November 8

The wearable market continues to heat up, but the Apple Watch remains heavily dominant. According to the latest report from Strategy Analytics, Samsung saw excellent growth in Q3 2019 with its wearables as Fitbit saw a slight increase as well.

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Wear OS Stories November 5

The Xiaomi Mi Watch has now been officially unveiled, with the Wear OS-powered smartwatch bearing a striking resemblance to the Apple Watch.

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