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All of the Wear OS 3.0 watches confirmed so far
Google’s new Wear OS platform is here, but for now, Wear OS 3 smartwatches will be few and far between. Samsung, which partnered with Google to create the “unified platform,” is set to remain ahead of the pack with exclusive rights to the new operating system for the time being.
Currently, the only watches actively running Wear OS 3 are the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 and the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic. So far, reviews of these two devices bode well for the platform, but we’ve yet to see a solid update commitment from Google. Aside from these Samsung devices, only select existing smartwatches will be eligible for the software update. It also won’t be available any time soon.
Current smartwatches that will receive the Wear OS 3 update
Some existing watches can stay tuned for an upgrade of their own. Google has confirmed that a select few Wear OS devices will receive the new update, but the invite list is very short. Current devices eligible for the upgrade include:
- Mobvoi TicWatch Pro 3 GPS and LTE
- Mobvoi TicWatch E3
- Fossil Gen 6
- Mobvoi Ticwatch Pro 3 Ultra GPS and Ultra 4G
- Skagen Falster Gen 6
- Michael Kors Gen 6 Bradshaw
- Razer X Fossil Gen 6
Originally, Gen 6 teasers promoted the device as launching with Wear OS 3 out of the box. This wasn’t the case. Instead, the latest Fossil flagship watch will have to wait like everyone else who isn’t Samsung. Newer existing Fossil watches like the Gen 5 will not upgrade to the new software.
A few more things to note: Wear OS 3 won’t start rolling out until sometime later this year. This means Fossil and TicWatch users have a while to wait. Additionally, Wear OS 3 packs a big punch. The sheer extent of changes included in the update will require users to reset their device to factory settings. That means erasing any and all data stored on the smartwatch itself. If this makes some hesitant to update to Wear OS 3, they can simply choose not to do it. Users who opt-out will still experience app and security updates for at least two years from the launch of their device.
Future watches confirmed to launch with Wear OS 3
So far, we’ve heard from only a few companies regarding their future Wear OS 3-powered smartwatches. These yet-to-be-announced smartwatches are confirmed to launch with Wear OS 3:
- Future Mobvoi TicWatch watches
- Future watches from Fossil Group
- Tag Heuer Calibre E4
We have not heard word from Motorola, Suunto, Oppo, or other smartwatch makers regarding their plans with Wear OS 3. We will update this list as we learn more.
If you’ve been patiently waiting for the best time to purchase a smartwatch, you might want to wait a little longer. Wear OS 3 will bring exciting upgrades to Wear OS-powered smartwatches, but not every device can expect to reap the benefits.