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Google announces a new version of Wear OS based on Android 11 with Snapdragon Wear 4100 support

Wear OS by Google, or Android Wear as some of us still keep calling it despite the rebranding years ago, does not see as much attention in the daily news, but the wearable OS is still alive and kicking. New watches from Suunto, OPPO, and Xiaomi, as well as the launch of the Qualcomm Snapdragon...

Xiaomi Mi Watch is unapologetically inspired by the Apple Watch, but costs only $185

Xiaomi has been well-known for its fitness products, especially the Mi Band lineup. In the past, Xiaomi has depended on another Chinese company Huami – the maker of Amazfit smartwatches – for these Mi Bands. Today, alongside the launch of the Mi CC9 Pro and the Mi TV 5 Series, Xiaomi announced its first true...

Google scrapped the Pixel Watch in 2016 at the last minute, no watch this year

There has been a lot of talk recently about Google and Wear OS, undoubtedly due to the Apple Watch Series 5. It's no secret that Wear OS leaves a lot to be desired when compared to the likes of Apple's Watch OS and even Samsung's Tizen OS. Reviews of Wear OS devices tend to boil...

Why your next smartwatch should have the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100

With over 200 wearable devices on the market, how do you decide what smartwatch to buy? You can narrow things down based on whether you want a Fashion Watch, a Sports Watch, or a Watch for its utility, but you're still left with an overload of choice. No matter which smartwatch you decide to go...

The Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100 Platform is here to bring better battery life to Wear OS smartwatches

While much of our attention has been focused on the latest smartphone innovations, wearables have quietly been doing great. IDC projects the shipment of wearable devices to double by 2021, and by 2022, smartwatches are projected to account for 40% of all shipments of wearable devices. Much of the growth is thanks to the success...

[Update: Fixed in Pie] 3-Month old Wear OS bug is still causing lag in phone calls answered on watch

Wear OS (formerly known as Android Wear) has a cool feature called "Play phone voice call on watch." It does exactly what you would think: allows you to take calls through your connected smartwatch. The idea is the watch essentially becomes a Bluetooth headset by using the speaker and microphone. It works with any app that...

Spotify Lite ported for use as standalone app on Wear OS

Spotify is undoubtedly one of the most popular music streaming services on any platform, including Android. They released their first earnings report just two months ago, where they stated that the service crossed 75 million paid users. Spotify's Wear OS application has been available for a while, but it has some limitations. Currently, it can...

TicWatch Pro has a layered display and up to 30 days of battery life

Mobvoi is the ex-Googler founded company that makes accessories like speakers and watches. They got backed by Google in 2015 and they've had a good partnership through Wear OS (formerly Android Wear) and Google Assistant ever since. Their two previous smartwatches, the TicWatch S and TicWatch E, were praised by the community as both of...

Samsung Gear S4 may be called “Galaxy Watch” and run Wear OS

Samsung gave what was then called Android Wear (now Wear OS) a shot back in 2014 with the Samsung Gear Live. Since then they have focused on their own Tizen OS for Gear smartwatches. Infamous Twitter leaker Ice Universe is now reporting that Samsung is coming back to Google's smartwatch OS with a device simply...

Wear OS based on Android P will drop App Standby Buckets and return to supporting background jobs and alarms

App Standby Buckets were announced at Google I/O 2018 a few weeks ago. They were one of the headlining features of Android P that the company wanted to talk about ahead of time. The feature aims to break applications into four groups. These four groups will then be allocated time for background operations based on...

Open-source WearOS alternative “AsteroidOS” now available for several smartwatches

We've been covering the progress that has been made with AsteroidOS dating back to March of 2016 and continuing on to today's release of version 1.0. AsteroidOS is an open source alternative to Android Wear (now Wear OS) and has been developed by Florent Revest. It's based on a flavor of Linux for smartwatches and has...

New Wear OS dialer app brings quick reply via SMS

While the regular Android operating system has been transitioning from Holo's black themes to Material Design's white themes, Wear OS has been going in the opposite direction. The platform has gone from a theme with mostly white backgrounds to one that is either completely black or is paired with darker accent colors. This is likely...