Google and Samsung's unified Wear OS platform is on the way, and so far, there's not much hope that current smartwatches will receive the new update. That said, a few smartwatches in the pipeline could help boost the new platform, and that sounds pretty exciting. What's more, we know the new Wear OS will let OEMs add their own flair to the UI to help provide a consistent experience across the best Android phones, so there's a lot to look forward to with this new update, which we've only had a glimpse of so far.
There's not much in the way of official news on the upcoming smartwatches running Wear OS 3.0, if that's what it's to be called, but we want to know what you're looking forward to most.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 4
Of the upcoming Wear OS watches, the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 (if that's what it's to be named) has seen the most leaks. We have a good idea of what it might look like in both its regular and Classic variants, the latter of which will include the rotating bezel. It seems there won't be an active model and that the regular Watch 4 will take that mantle instead.
Specs could include a 5nm Exynos chip, similar battery sizes to the current Galaxy Watch 3, a BIA sensor, and 5ATM water resistance, and the Watch 4 likely won't be cheap. Samsung also showed off One UI Watch, its own take on the unified platform that brings its Galaxy smartphones and smartwatches closer together. That said, this could end up being thee best Android smartwatch to launch this year.
Google Pixel Watch
It seems like there's a Pixel Watch rumor every year, and every year we're left disappointed. However, this would be the best time for Google to release its own smartwatch hardware with the new Wear OS on its way. Now that the company owns Fitbit, it has the expertise to do so.
That said, we only have an idea of what the smartwatch might look like, but there haven't been any rumors of the watch since. If such a smartwatch is in the works, we can probably expect it to launch alongside the Google Pixel 6 later this year. Fingers crossed!
We don't really know what to expect from Fossil, other than that "premium" Gen 6 smartwatches are in the works and will run the new Wear OS. Unfortunately, the company won't be updating its current batch of smartwatches, so Fossil fans should start saving up now. The company has usually been pretty good about its Wear OS smartwatches, so Gen 6 is likely to impress.
We probably know less about the Fitbit smartwatch than any of the others. During Google I/O, the company announced that it would release a Wear OS smartwatch, but there's not much indication of when that will happen. However, Fitbit services are also being rolled into Wear OS, so there will be some presence on the platform.
It's quite possible that Google's rumored Pixel Watch is actually just a Fitbit smartwatch in disguise, which wouldn't be outside the realm of possibility since Google owns Fitbit. We will have to watch and see what happens later this year.
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