Articles about Wear OS
Wear OS, formerly known as Android Wear, is an Android-based operating system designed by Google specifically for smartwatches and wearables. This operating system was coded in C, C++, and Java. It remains open-source, although its components are confidential. Just like Android, it supports the installation of applications via APK files. Wear OS allows smartwatches to interface with Android and iOS smartphones using Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, 3G, 4G, and LTE connectivity. It is estimated that in the first six months of its availability, 720,000 Android Wear smartwatches were shipped. As of 2021, Wear OS directly rivals Apple's Watch OS. Wear OS also integrates Google Assistant and allows users to execute commands on their smartwatch and phone using just their voice. Wear OS was first introduced in March 2014. Today, the operating system is used by several popular third-party manufacturers including ASUS, Broadcom, Fossil, HTC, Intel, LG, MediaTek, Motorola, Qualcomm, Samsung, Skagen, Polar, and Tag Heuer. In January 2021, Google acquired popular variables manufacturer Fitbit, opening up more opportunities to incorporate Wear OS into the company's wearables.
22 Sep 2021
Fossil Gen 6 smartwatch, with AMOLED touchscreen, launched in India
Fossil has launched the Gen 6 model in India as its latest smartwatch. It carries a starting price-tag of Rs. 23,995 and will go on sale from September 27 via Amazon and the company's official website.
19 May 2021
Google finally brings YouTube Music app to Wear OS
In September 2020, Google said it would phase out the Play Music app and YouTube Music would replace it. However, users of the Wear smartwatch operating system lost access to Play Music even before that.
13 Feb 2021
Facebook could be secretly developing a smartwatch for 2022 launch
Social media giant Facebook is reported to be developing a smartwatch that is likely to launch next year. The device could be Android-based, although there is no confirmation if that will be the OS of choice.
10 Jan 2021
OnePlus may have two new smartwatches coming, and then some
With the OnePlus Health app going live for early access on the Google Play Store, developers and enthusiasts are already ripping into the code and digging around for clues. Apparently, there is a lot to discover.
29 Sep 2020
Xiaomi launches smart speaker, smartwatch, soap dispenser, shoes, and more
Xiaomi has launched a flurry of products today in India.
23 Mar 2020
Fitbit Charge 4 leaked renders reveal a Charge 3-like design
Fitbit is gearing up to launch Charge 4 as a follow-up to its popular Charge 3 fitness band. The renders of the upcoming wearable have surfaced online, revealing a design that is almost the same as Charge 3.
02 Mar 2020
OPPO Watch to launch on March 6: Details here
OPPO is all set to launch its first-ever smartwatch, the OPPO Watch on March 6, alongside the Find X2 and Find X2 Pro flagship smartphones.
01 Feb 2020
Puma launches first smartwatch in India: Here's all about it
Leading sports brand Puma has launched its first-ever smartwatch in the Indian market.
06 Nov 2019
Xiaomi launches Apple Watch lookalike for Rs. 13,000
Xiaomi has ventured into the wearables segment with its first-ever smartwatch, the Mi Watch.
01 Jul 2019
Google is bringing Apple AirDrop-like feature on Android
File sharing between Apple devices, be it an iPhone, iPad or Mac, is a real treat, thanks to the company's AirDrop service.
18 Jan 2019
Google acquires secret smartwatch tech for $40 million: Details here
Building on its ambitions to deliver an ideal Apple Watch competitor, Google has decided to invest $40mn in a mysterious smartwatch technology.