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.

Fossil Gen 6 smartwatch, with AMOLED touchscreen, launched in India

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.

Google finally brings YouTube Music app to Wear OS

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.

Facebook could be secretly developing a smartwatch for 2022 launch

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.

OnePlus may have two new smartwatches coming, and then some

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.

Xiaomi launches smart speaker, smartwatch, soap dispenser, shoes, and more

29 Sep 2020

Xiaomi launches smart speaker, smartwatch, soap dispenser, shoes, and more

Xiaomi has launched a flurry of products today in India.

Fitbit Charge 4 leaked renders reveal a Charge 3-like design

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.

OPPO Watch to launch on March 6: Details here

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.

Puma launches first smartwatch in India: Here's all about it

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.

Xiaomi launches Apple Watch lookalike for Rs. 13,000

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.

Google is bringing Apple AirDrop-like feature on Android

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.

Google acquires secret smartwatch tech for $40 million: Details here

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.