Right now may seem like a slightly uncertain time to pick up a new Wear OS watch, considering that current watches will only get the new Wear OS 3.0 update next year and newer hardware is incoming. However, if you had to buy one, the TicWatch Pro 3 GPS is probably your best bet, and a limited-time discount is making the deal sweeter.
We've already praised the TicWatch 3 Pro as being one of the only Wear OS watches worth buying today, but what about its LTE-equipped cousin? Mobvoi released a cellular version of its newest watch late last year in the UK, Germany, and Spain for staying connected on the go without a phone. That variant wasn't included in last week's software update, but luckily, TicWatch 3 Pro LTE owners didn't have to wait long for a new patch of their own.
To put it bluntly, the wearable market on Android isn't in a great place. Companies like Samsung and OnePlus have switched to using custom operating systems for their respective watches, with varying degrees of success. Meanwhile, Qualcomm shipped its newest processor for smartwatches last June, but it's still only found in one device. For that very reason, the TicWatch Pro 3 remains the single Wear OS watch worth buying today. If you already have it on your wrist, a new update brings some solid improvements to help make it that much better.
The Mobvoi TicWatch Pro 3 is still the only Wear OS watch with Qualcomm's 4100 chip, and it just picked up a new update. Rolling out now, the new firmware delivers a handful of improvements to things like touch screen response, better pairing speed, and faster tilt-to-wake, plus a handful of new features for the watch's unique power-saving "essential" mode.
The TicWatch Pro 3 is one of the most advanced Wear OS smartwatches on the market. However, it still came with a few shortcomings when it was released in October. Thankfully, it's currently receiving a software update that fixes several of these issues for an improved user experience.
Qualcomm revealed two new wearable chipsets back in June, the Snapdragon Wear 4100 and 4100+. The new chips are a significant upgrade over Qualcomm's previous designs, with up to 85% faster performance and improved battery optimization, but there hasn't been a Wear OS smartwatch yet that utilizes the newer chipsets. That's finally changing, as Mobvoi has announced the first Wear OS watch with the Wear 4100.