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Google refuses to commit to next-gen Wear OS upgrades for current watches

Google refuses to commit to next-gen Wear OS upgrades for current watches

When Fossil confirmed that it wouldn't update its existing smartwatches to the all-new Wear OS, speculation was rife that this could possibly be due to hardware limitations. It turns out that this might not be true, as Qualcomm has confirmed that its existing chipsets can handle the new software that Google has baked up in collaboration with Samsung.

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The TicWatch E3 could be the Wear 4100 smartwatch you've been waiting for

The TicWatch E3 could be the Wear 4100 smartwatch you've been waiting for

Mobvoi has been in many ways responsible for keeping the Wear OS platform even vaguely relevant in recent years. Its TicWatches continue to represent the best of a bad bunch in terms of Google-powered smartwatches. The TicWatch Pro 3 was the first to launch with Qualcomm's improved Wear 4100 chipset, but now that's being followed up by a sleek new model, the TicWatch E3.

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The best Wear OS watch is at its lowest price ever on Amazon right now

The best Wear OS watch is at its lowest price ever on Amazon right now

Wear OS has drawn more than its fair share of criticism, but well-equipped watches that run Google's wearable OS are actually pretty nice to use. Mobvoi's TicWatch Pro 3 is among the best equipped out there, rocking a Wear 4100 chip and a whole gigabyte of RAM — and you can get your hands on one for $90 off in today's sale on Amazon.

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We could finally be getting the Wear OS Apple Watch clone we truly deserve

We could finally be getting the Wear OS Apple Watch clone we truly deserve

While Google is mostly to blame for the state of Android smartwatches — before hopefully breathing new life into Wear with Samsung — the lack of compelling silicon from chipmakers hasn't helped. Even after Qualcomm announced a new chipset last year, only one smartwatch really made use of it. However, the choice may not be as limited this year because Oppo seems set to announce a Snapdragon Wear 4100-powered watch later this year.

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Check out Google's new apps and tiles on Wear OS

Check out Google's new apps and tiles on Wear OS

Wear OS has long needed a shot in the arm and 2021 is the year it's finally getting one: Google is joining hands with Samsung to introduce a unified platform that combines the best of Tizen and Wear OS. Apart from under-the-hood changes that make the experience a lot smoother and slicker, a few native apps and tiles are getting redesigned, with the latter finally opening up for third-party developers.

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YouTube Music's Wear OS app has a feature not available on the Apple Watch

YouTube Music's Wear OS app has a feature not available on the Apple Watch

After years of stagnant updates, Google has finally refocused its efforts on wearables. A new platform for Wear OS is launching later this year in partnership with Samsung, and Google is bringing several of its apps to your wrist for the first time. YouTube Music is finally coming to Wear OS, though you'll have to keep waiting for its official launch.

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Will your smartwatch get Google and Samsung's new Wear OS?

Will your smartwatch get Google and Samsung's new Wear OS?

After years of silence from Google, Wear OS has finally returned to the spotlight. Android-friendly smartwatches are getting some long-awaited apps to bring them up to modern standards, alongside faster launching, longer battery life, and new partnerships with both Samsung and Fitbit. Both of those companies currently power some of the most popular wearables for Android, leaving many owners up in the air about the future of their watch.

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Google is making finding Wear OS apps suck less

Google is making finding Wear OS apps suck less

Wear OS is finally getting the attention it deserves as Google, in partnership with Samsung, is rejigging the platform to keep it from fading into nothingness. One of the key improvements will be in the area of app discovery, which is going to be a very welcome upgrade.

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Spotify on Wear OS is getting its biggest update ever

Spotify on Wear OS is getting its biggest update ever

One of the more appealing factors of owning a smartwatch is being able to leave your phone behind and enjoy listening to music via earbuds. Unfortunately, after the death of Google Play Music, the platform lacked a single suitable service that could offer this convenience. However, Spotify is stepping up its game and delivering an app that it should have offered in the first place.

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Android 12's radical new design, Wear OS brought back from the dead, and more: Every big Google I/O announcement

Android 12's radical new design, Wear OS brought back from the dead, and more: Every big Google I/O announcement

Google I/O day one is just about a wrap, and with it came an absolute tsunami of news. Android is getting its biggest design overhaul in half a decade. Wear OS is being completely pivoted — and merging with Samsung Tizen?! Android Automotive is headed to more cars, and as usual, Google announced a smorgasbord of app updates and changes to apps you use every day. We've got all the big news here, and there's a lot of it, so let's buckle down and get through this stuff!

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