Tag: Google Wear OS

New Wear OS can run on existing smartwatches after all, but there’s a catch

Jimmy Westenberg / Android Authority TL;DR Qualcomm has said in a statement that the Snapdragon Wear 3100 supports Wear OS 3.0. The chipmaker hasn’t confirmed which existing Wear OS wearables will get the update. Google is also still silent on the update timeline for existing Wear OS watches. Qualcomm has confirmed that the new version […]

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By your powers combined: Is it too late for Google’s wearable alliance?

Jimmy Westenberg / Android Authority Adamya Sharma Google’s Android operating system for smartwatches has seen multiple revamps in its less than a decade-long existence. First introduced in 2014, the software appeared as Android Wear on devices like the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live. In 2018, Google introduced Android Wear 2.0 with new features […]

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Oppo’s excellent Wear OS smartwatch might soon get a powerful successor

Oppo launched its first smartwatch running Wear OS last year and it looks like the company is readying a more powerful successor. According to an analysis of firmware files collected by tipster mlgmxyysd (via XDA Developers), the Oppo Watch 2 could come bearing the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 4100 Plus SoC. By the time the Oppo […]

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Poll: Does Samsung’s Wear OS smartwatch need a faster processor?

MyFace customizable watch face on the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 Samsung’s Wear OS smartwatch is rumored to be the Galaxy Watch Active 4. It would include a new 5nm chip and a fresh design with thinner bezels. Does it really need new hardware to succeed? Rumors are already circulating around the planned Samsung Wear […]

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Poll: What do you think of Samsung dropping Tizen for Wear OS?

Samsung and Google made a pretty big announcement at the Google I/O conference yesterday, when the duo confirmed that they’d be working together on Wear OS. It’s a pretty surprising announcement on one level because Samsung has its own competing smartwatch platform in Tizen. The Korean company will switch to Wear OS on new smartwatches […]

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Google’s Fitbit and Samsung collaborations could save Wear OS

Wear OS is struggling — there’s just no way around it. Where the Apple Watch grew to 40% of the market at the end of 2020, according to Counterpoint Research, Google-powered smartwatches were mostly lumped into the shrinking “Others” category below brands like Fitbit, Samsung, and Huawei. Add in sluggish updates and it’s easy to […]

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Google I/O 2021: Everything announced at the keynote

In 2020, we didn’t get a Google I/O. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Google canceled it outright. There were originally rumors that it could do an all-virtual event, but that didn’t come to pass. Now, in 2021, Google is delivering the all-virtual I/O we were hoping for last year. The Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, […]

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Google launches its first new app on Wear OS in years, and it’s…Gboard?

Google just launched a Wear OS version of Gboard. This is its first app launch on the platform in years. Gboard brings some new functionality to the wearable operating system that the previous Google Keyboard lacked. We expect more Wear OS announcements at Google I/O 2021, which might hopefully mean more apps. Google’s Wear OS […]

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