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Everything you need to know about Wear OS 3.

Everything you need to know about Wear OS 3.

, by raj, 6 min reading time

Google and Samsung have collaborated on a major update to Wear OS, with Fitbit in charge of a new health and fitness experience for the platform. It's also planning to rebrand the platform, dropping the OS and simply renaming it Wear.All the talk has been about the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 running Wear OS and the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 will certainly demonstrate the new integrated experience, with a single platform that combines Tizen and Wear OS technologies. It will be announced on August 11th.The good news is that, like the existing Wear OS, this unified OS will be available for usage by other manufacturers.Here's all you need to know, as well as a preview of what we may anticipate from Wear when it launches:In a nutshell, Wear OS 3 is as follows:Wear OS will receive its most significant update to date.The Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 and Classic will be the first to use Unified OS with Wear OS and Tizen. Wear three smartwatches.In 2022, just TWO current Wear smartwatches will be upgraded.Battery life has been extended to two days, and a new app switching capability has been included.Apps for Wear OS that have been updated and enhanced.Will Wear OS 3 be available for current Wear OS smartwatches?Which existing Wear OS watches will be upgraded? Wear OS 3 has been a critical question that has overshadowed the launch of the new operating system and it is not good news for the majority of owners. Only two smartwatches will have an upgrade route the TicWatch Pro 3 and TicWatch E3. All other existing Wear OS devices will receive upgrades, including the latest Play Store enhancements and Tiles modifications. In addition, Google will give security upgrades for the older platform for two years.Fossil (and Fossil Brands)Existing Fossil smartwatches, including Michael Kors, Kate Spade, Emporio Armani, Skagen, and others, will not be upgraded.The next Fossil Gen 6 and Michael Kors Access 6 devices, meanwhile, have been revealed but, although debuting in Fall 2021, they will also require an over-the-air upgrade to Wear 3, and will not run the software out of the box.MobvoiThe only Mobvoi smartwatches that will be updated are the TicWatch Pro 3 and TicWatch E3. Officially, Google claims the changes will not be available until "early to mid-2022."SuuntoThe Suunto 7 will not receive a Wear OS upgrade.Tag Heuer is a Swiss watchmaker.The extravagantly priced Tag Heuer will remain on Wear OS 2 with no way to upgrade to the newest version.What are the changes in Wear OS 3.0 and what is new?Google disclosed information during its I/O developer conference, and in addition to its major keynote, provided more details in developer sessions to give us a better idea of what to anticipate.You can see more in the video above, but here are some highlights:Performance enhancementsThe unified Wear OS/Tizen (we think the lion's share will be Wear OS) will provide a 30% improvement in performance, smoother animations and UI, and faster app loading times.There is also increased battery life, however there are no precise information on how long it will last - although it appears to be no more than two days. Google, on the other hand, cited the example that "features useful improvements such as the ability to operate the heart rate sensor constantly during the day, track your sleep overnight, and still have power for the next day." We warned you to keep your excitement in check.App switchingNew Wear improvements include fast app switching with a double touch of one of the physical watch buttons, which allows you to move between apps. The applications that are not in use can continue to operate in the background, allowing you to switch between them. The most recent apps will also be shown at the top of the new app launcher.Additional third-party TilesGoogle has already stated for the platform that it will open up the API for its Tiles widgets, allowing for more bespoke tiles to operate on all new Wear devices. Google has already stated that it has been working on third-party tiles, as shown above with Calm, Hole 19, Adidas Running, and others.Samsung is responsible for the design of watch faces.One of the elements carried over from Samsung's smartwatch platform that will help consumers, according to Google, is the ability to make it easier for designers to develop watch faces for Wear smartwatches. Fitbit's Bitmoji watch faces, which are also expected to be incorporated into the new Wear experience, will have an impact here as well.Health-care servicesAlong with Fitbit's participation in Wear, which we'll discuss further below, Google unveiled a new Health services platform to assist developers in producing easy health and fitness services for Wear. This component of the new Wear was developed in collaboration with Samsung. A major focus is on developing these new apps and utilizing onboard sensors like as heart rate monitors while attempting to conserve battery life.Fitbit will feature fitness monitoring with Wear OS 3.0.Fitbit CEO James Park revealed that Fitbit, which was bought by Google, will power the fitness monitoring experience on the new Wear OS. He said "monitoring health improvement and on-wrist celebrations for incentive," which leads us to assume the experience would be straightforward at initially.Google has provided a preview of what to anticipate, and it appears to be largely influenced by the UI presently used on Fitbit's Versa and Sense smartwatches. As a result, you'll be able to get a snapshot of your day, complete with heart rate data and Active Zone Minutes.Park further stated that Fitbit will indeed be releasing health watches based on Wear leveraging Google's ambient computing capabilities, implying that Wear OS Fitbits will be available within the next year.And there came word of redesigned Wear OS applications, which by all accounts was the impetus for Samsung to re-enter the Wear OS fray with Google.Apps for Wear OS 3.0Strava, Adidas Running, MyFitnessPal, and Facer will be one of the "rebuilt applications" available. In addition, a new Spotify app will be introduced, which will integrate the offline playlist synchronization capability that was recently added to the Apple Watch Spotify app. In the video above, you can get a better peek at what's in store.Google is also working to improve its key apps, such as Google Maps, which will allow you to travel without your phone when it is released on watches later in 2021. It is also enhancing Google Pay by adding support for 26 more countries and allowing users to pay for transit on US metro networks.It also intends to update Google Assistant (which is long overdue), and offline synchronisation for YouTube Music and Spotify will be available.Additional apps arent the only thing we will get out of this, but it will also provide us with a new way to install them. Google has announced that you will be able to download and install apps directly from the Play Store phone app in the near future. It is also enhancing the way you can locate those apps on the Store, which is now difficult.

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