Notebookcheck
, , , , , ,
search relation.
, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
 

Google finally offers an update on Wear OS 3.0 backwards compatibility

Google cannot currently guarantee that any existing smartwatch will receive Wear OS 3.0. (Image source: Droid Rant)
Google cannot currently guarantee that any existing smartwatch will receive Wear OS 3.0. (Image source: Droid Rant)
Google is yet to flesh out Wear OS 3.0, having teased it at Google I/O 2021. The company has finally provided some details on its progress, albeit after partners like Qualcomm and Mobvoi sowed confusion about the new 'unified platform'.

Working For Notebookcheck

Are you a techie who knows how to write? Then join our Team! English native speakers welcome!

News Writer - Details here

Google has offered an insight into backwards compatibility with Wear OS 3.0, its 'unified platform'. Yesterday, Qualcomm stated that its Snapdragon Wear 3100, Wear 4100 and Wear 4100+ platforms could run Wear OS 3.0, although there are no smartwatches with a Wear 4100+ SoC. However, while Qualcomm claimed that it was working with Google on bringing Wear OS 3.0 to its Snapdragon Wear platforms, Fossil and Mobvoi claim to be none the wiser about Google's plans.

According to Droid-Life and XDA Developers, a Google spokesperson informed them of the following:

User experience is a top priority for us. We have not confirmed eligibility or timeline on whether any Wear OS smartwatch will update to the new unified platform. There are many technical requirements in order to run the unified platform that ensures all components of the user experience are optimized.

Google's statement is not confidence-inspiring, in our opinion. It is encouraging to know that it may be testing Wear OS 3.0 on current smartwatches, even if they are less than a year old. Ultimately, we would only recommend buying a device on what software it has now, rather than what software it could have. It is not unreasonable to expect the TicWatch E3 to receive one update though, seeing as Mobvoi announced it this week.

, , , , , ,
search relation.
, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
 
Read all 2 comments / answer
static version load dynamic
Loading Comments
Comment on this article
Alex Alderson
Alex Alderson - Senior Tech Writer - 4083 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2018
Prior to writing and translating for Notebookcheck, I worked for various companies including Apple and Neowin. I have a BA in International History and Politics from the University of Leeds, which I have since converted to a Law Degree. Happy to chat on Twitter or Notebookchat.
contact me via: @aldersonaj
Please share our article, every link counts!
> Notebook / Laptop Reviews and News > News > News Archive > Newsarchive 2021 06 > Google finally offers an update on Wear OS 3.0 backwards compatibility
Alex Alderson, 2021-06-18 (Update: 2021-06-18)