We are very excited to see what will come of the collaboration between Google and Samsung smartwatch operating systems since it was announced on Google IO 2021. Most of the features are still in limbo, but finally we have a name: the operating system will be called… Wear OS 3.
Yes, Google has followed up its current software, Wear OS 2, with the logical but very disappointing Wear OS 3. The official one blog post the move announcement didn’t have much else to share about what’s coming in the “new unified platform,” as Google previously called the synthesized operating system. But the post did reveal that Wear OS 3’s release date would be somewhere in “mid to second half of 2022.”
That’s when the update will come for already released smartwatches (and presumably wearables that will be released next year). The bad news? The current compatibility list is small and consists of just a few top devices from a few brands, including:
- TicWatch Pro 3 GPS / LTE
- Ticwatch E3
- Future TicWatch Devices
- Fossil’s unnamed watches will launch later in 2021
That’s not just a short list – there are some notable absences, including from Samsung itself.
Dude, where’s my Samsung Galaxy Watch update?
Okay, maybe Google is just playing it cool — after all, Samsung may have teased the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4, but hasn’t outright promised it will be unveiled at its upcoming Samsung Unpacked event on August 11. But come on, what are the chances that the next top-end Samsung smartwatch not use the ‘unified platform’ that the company has built together with Google?
Likewise, we would be very surprised if the unconfirmed Google Pixel watch would not run Wear OS 3. We’ve heard several rumors suggesting it could launch later this year alongside the Google Pixel 6. Obviously, it behooves Google not to leak one of the biggest revelations of the year, but we now suspect what software it’s going to run — when (or if) it launches.
But we’re curious why Google wouldn’t also announce the premium Fitbit smartwatch it teased at Google IO 2021 would run Wear OS 3, mainly because they explicitly said it would run Wear OS software. Perhaps that means the release date of this watch is too far in the future to even mention right now, otherwise the tech media will work themselves into a tizzy with every mention of it… well, too late.