Wear OS: News

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.

18 May 2024

Android 15

Android 15 update promises extended standby battery life

The forthcoming Android 15 update, announced at the recent Google I/O 2024 developer conference, is expected to enhance standby battery life by up to three hours on certain devices.

05 May 2024

Google

Google Fit developer APIs to shut down by June 2025

Google has officially announced the discontinuation of its Google Fit developer APIs, a process that began with the launch of Health Connect in 2022.

21 Apr 2024

Google Wallet

Google Wallet may require PIN for Wear OS-based payment transactions

Google Wallet, the widely-used payment app on Wear OS, may soon necessitate users to input a PIN code before executing tap-to-pay transactions.

06 Apr 2024

Samsung

Samsung Galaxy Watch FE in the works: What we know

Samsung is gearing up to expand its smartwatch collection with the introduction of the "Galaxy Watch FE."

01 Apr 2024

Android

Apple's Shazam now works independently on Wear OS smartwatches

Shazam, a music identification app owned by Apple, has rolled out a significant update for Wear OS smartwatches.

25 Mar 2024

Samsung

Samsung Galaxy Watch7 series could offer double the internal storage

Samsung is predicted to double the internal storage on its forthcoming Galaxy Watch7 series, according to SamMobile.

26 Feb 2024

Google

Now access transit directions on Google Maps for Wear OS

Google revealed at the Mobile World Congress 2024 that Wear OS users can now access public transit directions on Google Maps.

This app can turn smartwatches to PC mouse

Doublepoint Technologies has introduced an innovative gesture-detection app for Wear OS-powered smartwatches at CES 2024.

11 Nov 2023

OnePlus

OnePlus Watch 2 design and specifications leaked: What to expect

Two years ago, OnePlus launched its inaugural smartwatch, the OnePlus Watch, and since then, the brand has been notably absent from the smartwatch market.

19 Oct 2023

Google

How to create Google Assistant shortcuts on Wear OS smartwatches

Google has rolled out a new tile for Google Assistant on Wear OS smartwatches, making it easier for users to access their favorite commands.

15 Oct 2023

Google

How to take screenshots on your Pixel Watch 2

Google's second-generation smartwatch, the Pixel Watch 2, now features a handy option for users to take screenshots using the device's physical buttons.

10 Oct 2023

Google

Google Calendar arrives on Wear OS smatwatches with new features

Google is rolling out its Calendar app for Wear OS smartwatches.

07 Oct 2023

Amazon

Audible app arrives on Wear OS devices: How to download

Amazon has officially launched Audible, its online audiobook and podcast service, on Wear OS. The app was first revealed back in July, right alongside the Samsung Galaxy Watch6 series and Wear OS 4.

05 Oct 2023

Google

Google brings Gmail app to Wear OS smartwatches

Google is releasing the Gmail app for Wear OS, allowing smartwatch users to access their mail right from their wrist.

20 Jul 2023

WhatsApp

You can now use WhatsApp on your WearOS smartwatch

WhatsApp has released a dedicated app for WearOS smartwatches. It is now rolling out globally.

02 Dec 2022

Google

Google releases new Android and WearOS features: Check what's new

Google is releasing a bunch of new Android features in celebration of the upcoming holiday season.

11 Oct 2022

Google Pixel Watch

Google Pixel Watch will get 3 years of WearOS updates

Just a few days after its debut, Google has now released a short document on the software updates for its first-ever smartwatch.

31 Aug 2022

Samsung

Google Pixel Watch to be priced at around $400

Google will launch the Pixel Watch at around $399 (nearly Rs. 31,700) in the US, according to 9to5Google.

03 Jul 2022

Amazon Alexa

Fossil Gen 6 Venture Edition smartwatch goes official in India

Fossil has introduced a new Gen 6 series smartwatch in India, called the Gen 6 Venture Edition.

29 Apr 2022

Google

Google Pixel Watch bags Bluetooth certification; launch imminent

Google is gearing up to introduce the Pixel Watch soon.

22 Jan 2022

Google

Google Pixel Watch tipped to debut on May 26

Google is expected to launch its first smartwatch, the Pixel Watch, later this year. In the latest development, tipster Jon Prosser has revealed that the tech giant is planning to announce the wearable on May 26.

22 Sep 2021

Fossil

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

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

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.

29 Sep 2020

Xiaomi

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

Xiaomi has launched a flurry of products today in India.

02 Mar 2020

OPPO

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

Google

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

Xiaomi launches Apple Watch lookalike for Rs. 13,000

Xiaomi has ventured into the wearables segment with its first-ever smartwatch, the Mi Watch.

18 Jan 2019

Google

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.