What you need to know
- Google has announced that it will be rolling out a new update for Wear OS this fall with a focus on "fundamentals."
- The update will bring a significant boost in performance, with Google claiming a 20% improvement in app startup times.
- Additionally, the update will introduce a simpler pairing process and add support for Qualcomm's new Snapdragon Wear 4100 and 4100+ chipsets.
Google today detailed some of the new features that will be coming to Wear OS as part of the next OTA update. According to Google, the update, which will begin rolling out this fall, will be "focused on fundamentals like performance and power."
The fall update will bring CPU core improvements, which should result in up to 20% faster app startup times. In addition to improving performance on existing smartwatches, it will also include support for the Snapdragon Wear 4100 and 4100+ chipsets, which were announced by Qualcomm last month.
The upcoming OTA update will include SysUI improvements as well, which will allow users to manage different watch modes and workouts more easily. Google is also simplifying the pairing process, which will make it easier for users to get started. Later this year, Google plans to introduce a "beautiful new weather experience" for Wear OS, with hourly breakdowns throughout the day to help users plan ahead.
Additionally, Google has confirmed that it is working on bringing the best of Android 11 to wearables.
Skagen Falster 3
If you're looking to buy a new smartwatch powered by Google's Wear OS platform, there's currently no better option than the Skagen Falster 3. It comes with a Snapdragon Wear 3100 chipset, 24/7 heart rate monitoring, NFC for Google Pay, GPS, and sleek design.
- $295 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Good news on the wearables front! Wearable technologies are still in the 'wild west' era kinda like smartphones in 2009-2012 where there were 3 or 4 competing OS all gunning for each others market share. Hopefully this update can bring Google's option up closer to the front of the pack.
This update is nice but the real improvement will come when watches ship with the new chip set. Contrary to popular opinion (including AC writers) the wear OS software is not to blame for most people's problems. Connection issues, lag, stutters, battery life, etc. is predominantly the fault of the archaic 3100 processor.
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