Article Contents1 Ryan2 Corbin3 Jordan4 Ryne5 Artem Today marks the fifth anniversary of the original announcement of Wear OS (née Android Wear). The platform has iterated through several different generations of hardware, a change of name, and its software has evolved a lot through the years. With half a decade of experience now behind it, some of us here at Android Police decided to sit down and hash out our feelings for Wear OS in 2019. Ryan Five years ago, we were into the KitKat era of Android, and the smartphone platform was finally starting to feel mature and polished. Everyone felt like wearables were the Next Big ThingTM when Google unveiled Android Wear on March 18, 2014. We all obsessed over the round Moto 360 and acknowledged the existence of the square G Watch and Gear Live. Android Wear was still unfinished when it launched over the summer, but Google made consistent improvements for a few months. Then it just... stopped. ...I feel like the … [Read more...] about Five perspectives on Wear OS for its five-year anniversary
It was an up and down week for fans of Wear OS with the news that Google may launch the oft-rumored Pixel10% smartwatch market share in the US last year. But, if you are a glass (Oops, probably shouldn’t mention Glass in a Google wearables post.) is half full sort of person, that doesn’t sound that bad considering the lack of hardware support from Qualcomm and the horrendous misstep that was Android Wear 2.0 in early 2017. With those factors in mind, it seems frankly astounding that Wear OS has managed to maintain that kind of market share and it’s hard not to imagine that barring Google abandoning the platform entirely, the only way to go is up. Assuming that Google isn’t going to simply drop Wear OS like a messaging app and take a look at how, or if, Google can turn things around. We can look at the Pixel line of smartphones and conclude with reasonable certainty that a Pixel Watch offering from Google is unlikely to single-handedly turn around the fortunes … [Read more...] about Can a Pixel Watch save Wear OS?
Take these estimates with an appropriate grain of salt, but reading between the lines of a recent analysis by The NPD Group indicates that smartwatches running Wear OS account for at most 12% of unit sales in the US, and the real numbers are likely much lower than that. Although Google continues investing in, redesigning and rebranding the platform, which now boasts plenty of hardware partners, it has barely made a dent in the market. NPD's report (which covers the year from November to November 2017-2018) claims that overall dollar sales of smartwatches in the US are up by 51 percent, while unit sales have risen 61 percent, representing a total $5 billion in sales. During that period Apple, Samsung, and Fitbit claimed 88% of sales. That leaves roughly 12% of the pie to Wear OS and every other smartwatch platform, including Garmin and other brands. At best Google can lay claim to that whole chunk, and odds are it's less. A few other fun factoids also surfaced from the … [Read more...] about Report: Wear OS makes up less than 12% of smartwatch sales in the US
We’ve seen a lot of new Wear OS smartwatches come to market over the past few months, but few of them have featured the new Wear 3100 chip from Qualcomm. Today, Fossil has unveiled one of its best smartwatches to date – the Fossil Sport Watch, featuring the new Wear 3100 chip, integrated heart rate sensor, NFC for wireless payments, and GPS to keep track of your runs. The best part is that the Fossil Watch Sport only costs $255, significantly less than other Wear OS devices running the new Wear 3100 chip. Unlike other Fossil smartwatches, the Sport Watch has a playful design and is available in bright colors to match your style. The Fossil Watch Sport will be available in 41 and 43 mm sizes with respective 18mm and 22mm bands, giving users thousands of options when it comes to customizing the band for their smartwatch, including 28 new silicone watch straps in Fossil’s lineup. The body of the smartwatch features a nylon and aluminum case, … [Read more...] about Fossil Sport Watch featuring the new Wear 3100 chip unveiled for just $255
Update 1: 2018/10/22 1:22pm PDT We'd like to be able to tell you that Misfit has gone official with the Vapor 2, giving us the full rundown of its capabilities, trying to impress us with The second generation Vapor smartwatch from US company Misfit (Fossil Group) has been rumored for some time, but we now have some clear details on the device from an unlikely source. Even though the follow up to last year's Vapor hasn't been officially announced, a Dutch online retailer has already started listing the device for sale. A tipster alerted us to the Cool Blue product pages for the Vapor 2, which has also been discussed on Reddit, and at the time of writing, they're still live. There are several different SKUs with different watch bands —silicone and/or leather will set you back €230 (about $265) and a metal link bracelet costs €20 more (around $290). The listed specs include a 5ATM rating, GPS, and heart rate monitor. Two screen sizes are available, … [Read more...] about [Update: Now at Best Buy] Misfit Vapor 2 smartwatch appears at Dutch retailer prior to official announcement