These Android Wear Smartwatches gets the Wear OS Update
- Google has published a list of devices that will get the Wear OS update.
- The list does not drastically differ from the list of smartwatches that would get Android 8.0 Oreo.
- Google rebranded Android Wear to Wear OS, though the changes are mostly cosmetic.
Google is replacing its Android Wear brand that it had introduced in 2014 with a new name – Wear OS. There is no new hardware or software for now – only the OS is being rebranded to Wear OS by Google. It comes with a new logo and a new website. Google shared details regarding the Wear OS and called it “a wearables operating system for everyone” in its blog post. Also, Google has released a list of every smartwatch that will receive the Wear OS update.
It is worth noting that, while there is a new landing page for Wear OS, it is just Android Wear by a different name. There appears to be no new features as part of this update. However, a new name suggests Google is paying attention to its wearable platform after a long time. When Google had announced Android Wear, it worked on Android smartwatches paired with Android smartphones only. However, the Google added iPhone compatibility later making the name “Android Wear” somewhat misleading. However, Wear OS seems to be a more neutral term.
“We’re announcing a new name that better reflects our technology, vision, and most important of all – the people who wear our watches. We’re now Wear OS by Google, a wearables operating system for everyone,” said Dennis Troper, Director of Product Management, Wear OS by Google. He added, “You’ll begin to see the new name on your watch and phone app over the next few weeks.”
Here is the Full List of Devices that will get Wear OS:
- Casio PRO TREK Smart WSD-F20
- Casio WSD-F10 Smart Outdoor Watch
- Diesel Full Guard
- Emporio Armani Connected
- Fossil Q Control
- Fossil Q Explorist
- Fossil Q Founder 2.0
- Fossil Q Marshal
- Fossil Q Venture
- Fossil Q Wander
- Guess Connect
- Gc Connect
- Huawei Watch 2 (both cellular & non-cellular versions)
- Hugo BOSS BOSS Touch
- Kate Spade Scallop
- LG Watch Sport
- LG Watch Style
- Louis Vuitton Tambour
- Misfit Vapor
- Michael Kors Access Bradshaw
- Michael Kors Access Dylan
- Michael Kors Access Grayson
- Michael Kors Sofie
- Montblanc Summit
- Movado Connect
- Mobvoi Ticwatch S & E
- Nixon Mission
- Polar M600
- Skagen Falster Smartwatch
- TAG Heuer Connected Modular 41
- TAG Heuer Connected Modular 45
- Tommy Hilfiger 24/7 You
- ZTE Quartz
These smartwatches will get the Wear OS update over the next few weeks. Again, the update is just a rebranding to Wear OS, so do not expect new features.
Also, keep in mind that the Android Wear app was also updated to reflect the rebranding. Interestingly, the new Wear OS app doesfeature some changes, such as improved screen glanceability with darker backgrounds, improved Google Keep experience, and more.
On a smaller note, the next version of Google Play Services will also feature Wear OS branding when pairing.