Wear OS

OPPO Watch 2 with Snapdragon Wear 4100 rumored to be coming soon

OPPO Watch 2 with Snapdragon Wear 4100 rumored to be coming soon

Wear OS by Google got a fair bit of positive media coverage a few weeks ago thanks to Google's announcements at its I/O 2021 developer's conference. But while the software is getting a massive upgrade, at least later this year or maybe even next year, it remains the case that all but one Wear OS smartwatch are running older Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear processors. Smartwatches to be launched later this year might finally change that and the OPPO Watch 2 could be leading the fray.

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Apple Watch leads the smartwatch market but Wear OS still has hope

Apple Watch leads the smartwatch market but Wear OS still has hope

Given the increased attention to personal fitness and health in the past months since the pandemic hit last year, it's really no surprise that smartwatch sales have considerably risen during that period. Given its focus on health and fitness as well as its track record in saving lives, it is also no surprise that the Apple Watch continues to lead that market all the way to the first quarter of 2021. It isn't too late for Google's Wear OS, however, and it might finally catch a break in the coming quarters, presuming its partnership with Samsung bears good fruit.

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The New Wear OS is still uncertain for old Wear OS smartwatches

The New Wear OS is still uncertain for old Wear OS smartwatches

A lot of excitement was generated over the renewed attention that was given to Wear OS by Google, including collaborations with Samsung and Fitbit to grow that platform in ways it should have years ago. With all the buzz and hype, however, comes the question of when this new Wear OS will actually launch. It's a given that it will be available on new models launching later this year but it is not yet known whether older smartwatches will be treated to the same features when the time comes.

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Galaxy Watch Active 4 specs leak with Wear OS and a new chip

Galaxy Watch Active 4 specs leak with Wear OS and a new chip

Wear OS was at the center of attention on Google's first day of I/O 2021. It promised to breathe new life into the wearable platform with some help from Fitbit, which it practically owns, and the surprise appearance of Samsung. The latter will, of course, reap the benefits of that collaboration in its upcoming Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch Active 4, the latter of which just got a leak that shows other interesting aspects of the sporty smartwatch beyond its OS.

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Galaxy Watch with Tizen will get three years of updates

Galaxy Watch with Tizen will get three years of updates

Most of the rumors pointed to Samsung adopting Wear OS for its future smartwatches. They never anticipated, however, that the company would actually play a bigger role in Google's wearable future. It might sound comforting for Wear OS fans that a large company like Samsung would be investing heavily in the platform's future but it could also sound discouraging for those already invested in Samsung's Tizen-based platform. Samsung is throwing this group a bone by promising updates that will last three years, though that's really just two years now since the last Galaxy Watch.

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Wear OS at I/O 2021 gets a much-deserved upgrade

Wear OS at I/O 2021 gets a much-deserved upgrade

Although it naturally announced a lot of new things across its many products and services, Google I/O this year also highlighted some of the often ignored parts of its empire, specifically the various incarnations of Android thought to have been forgotten. Although there was some inkling about it, the collaboration between Google and Samsung over Wear OS was definitely a pleasant surprise but that was just the tip of the iceberg of what smartwatch fans can expect, hopefully really soon.

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Google and Samsung are combining Wear OS and Tizen in a big way

Google and Samsung are combining Wear OS and Tizen in a big way

Google has confirmed some big rumors we've been hearing about the future of Samsung's smartwatches today, revealing that it has teamed up with the South Korean company to revolutionize Wear OS and the next round of Android smartwatches. According to Google, the two companies are 'bringing the best of Wear and Tizen into a single, unified platform.'

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Galaxy Watch 4 with Wear OS to have a custom UI

Galaxy Watch 4 with Wear OS to have a custom UI

The rumors surrounding Samsung's switch from its own Tizen OS for smartwatches to Wear OS just refuse to die and it seems that the final word is in, unofficially, of course. Given all the rumors coming from reliable sources, the likelihood that the next Galaxy Watch 4 series will be running Google's wearable platform is almost all but certain but, in true Samsung fashion, it won't be looking exactly like the Wear OS some have grown to know and maybe even love.

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Galaxy Watch with Wear OS rumor comes with some bad news

Galaxy Watch with Wear OS rumor comes with some bad news

Despite being based on the same popular Android platform, Wear OS by Google isn't exactly as popular. It definitely outnumbers other smartwatches by the sheer fact that there are many manufacturers using it for dozens of smartwatches but, as far as mind share goes, Samsung's Galaxy Watches might actually have an edge. Unfortunately, it could soon be losing that as the company has been consistently rumored to be dropping its Tizen-based smartwatch OS for Wear OS but it isn't all good news, at least based on this latest leak.

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Wear OS by Google finally gets Gboard keyboard

Wear OS by Google finally gets Gboard keyboard

You have probably heard of complaints and criticisms regarding the development pace of Wear OS, or rather the lack of it. Some feel that it doesn't get as much love from Google and that Wear OS seems to exist only so that Google would have something to show for in the wearable market. Google hasn't exactly abandoned it, as shown by the arrival of its Gboard virtual keyboard on Wear OS. Unfortunately, it also reveals exactly how long it took to make that happen.

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OnePlus Watch vs Xiaomi Mi Watch Lite: A close comparison

OnePlus Watch vs Xiaomi Mi Watch Lite: A close comparison

OnePlus Watch is a bit of a latecomer to the party but it did eventually arrive. The smartwatch is entering a very competitive space where users demand good hardware with the assurance of a seamless software experience. Of course, accuracy of all the fancy health and fitness tracking is a must, if a smartwatch has to resonate with the users.

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Google Pixel Watch release date and look leaked

Google Pixel Watch release date and look leaked

The Google Pixel Watch appears to have leaked at last. The look of the watch, along with some basic details about the device's release date and abilities, have appeared in a report today before official launch. The device will likely launch with a circular touchscreen display, several casing options, and a bunch of different watch bands with different colors.

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