Only five archaic Wear OS smartwatches will miss out on the latest platform redesign

Only five archaic Wear OS smartwatches will miss out on the latest platform redesign
It’s no big secret that Google has allowed the Android fragmentation situation to get wildly out of hand, but when it comes to Wear OS devices, you can’t really complain about slow updates or no updates at all.

Of course, that’s in part because smartwatch manufacturers are keeping their proprietary software “optimizations” to a minimum. The recently rebranded Android Wear platform has also gone through a small number of redesigns and major upgrades since its 2014 debut.

The latest such makeover comes ahead of the Pixel Watch’s rumored October announcement, and believe it or not, there are firm plans in place for impending rollouts on a wide range of smartwatch oldies.

We’re talking every single Android Wear 2.0-compatible product out there, including 2014’s LG G Watch R and 2015’s Asus ZenWatch 2, Huawei Watch, LG Watch Urbane, and Moto 360 (2nd generation).

It obviously goes without saying that all wearable devices newer than that can also expect to receive the latest Wear OS update (sooner or later), while the list of non-eligible smartwatches is short and wholly unsurprising.

Only five outdated products will be left out, all of which have been originally released more than four years ago. These are the first-gen Asus ZenWatch, LG G Watch, and Moto 360, as well as the Samsung Gear Live and Sony SmartWatch 3.

Frankly, you should have long disposed of these market veterans with archaic specifications, terrible battery life, and repugnant designs. They all stopped receiving software updates a while back, so no one should be terribly disappointed because of their newest support omission.

source: 9To5Google

FEATURED VIDEO

13 Comments

1. T12RYK

Posts: 849; Member since: Jun 10, 2011

People actually buy Android Watches?

2. Cat97

Posts: 1976; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Yes, and then switch them for alternatives out of frustration. I switched my Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE for a Pebble 2 SE and never looked back. But maybe this update will put notifications first and not gimmicks like watch faces. It remains to be seen.

3. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Yup, I know a few who have them. Including myself, I currently own 3 of them.

4. maherk

Posts: 7011; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Got five and soon to be six.

6. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Which one are you going for?

7. maherk

Posts: 7011; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

The new Armani. Hopefully it'll be released by the time I get to LA.

8. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Crap... didn't know they had a new one and you just made me pre-order a new watch...

9. maherk

Posts: 7011; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I'm glad I helped lol Which color did you order? I'll be getting the silver one to replace the stainless steel HW.

10. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

The black stainless steel one. Both are very pretty, but silver was sold out and I prefer black anyway.

12. maherk

Posts: 7011; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I have one of the HWs in black, Gear S3 frontier obviously in black, and the Diesel is in Gold black, that's why I'm going for the silver one.

5. maherk

Posts: 7011; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I'm glad my Huawei Watches are still getting love from Huawei.

11. ECPirate37

Posts: 347; Member since: Jul 14, 2011

Agreed, I have the original Huawei Watch, and love it. I still get compliments on it on a regular basis. I got it the month it came out and it was the first watch I've worn since 2001. Now I feel naked without it. I mostly use it for taking phone calls, and gps. But all of the notifications are great as well. And using Talk to Text makes it easy to reply to text/line/wechat messages if they need a quick response.

13. maherk

Posts: 7011; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

It was the smartwatch that sold me out on the idea of ditching all my classic watches for smartwaches. The design is classic and timeless, and some of the bands you can find on AliExpress for cheap can make it stand out even more.

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at https://www.parsintl.com/phonearena or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit https://www.parsintl.com/ for samples and additional information.