You would be forgiven if you don’t remember Android Wear 2.0, the updated version of Google’s operating system for wearables. First, Google had issues with the release of Android Wear 2.0 and then some of its OEM partners decided to drop out of wearable business altogether. Despite all these hurdles, the operating system is making its way to more smartwatches based on Android Oreo.
Android Police reports that Google has started pushing out Oreo update for Android smartwatches including Huawei Watch 2, Casio WSD-F20, Casio WSD-F10, Polar M600, ZTE Quartz and Mobvoi Ticwatch S & E. The list of Android Wear smartwatches compatible with Oreo update is quite long and some of these wearables have already received the update.
It needs to be noted that these six smartwatches were part of the initial wave and are finally getting the update. Only five smartwatches received the update in the first phase of its rollout. The Android Oreo update was released for Fossil Q Venture, LG Watch Sport, Louis Vuitton Tambour, Michael Kors Sofie and Montblanc Summit. The update was also seeded to few other smartwatches including the likes of LG Watch Style, Misfit Vapor, Nixon Mission, TAG Heuer Connected Modular 45, Fossil Q Founder 2.0, Fossil Q Marshal, Fossil Q Wander, Michael Kors Access Bradshaw and Michael Kors Access Dylan.
If you own any of the six smartwatches mentioned above then you should check for Android Oreo update. The update is being rolled out in a staged manner so you may not get it immediately but nonetheless it is worth checking for manual update. The update brings some core Oreo features like notifications channels for apps, support for 7 new languages, the option to manually enable ‘battery saver’ mode among others.
Android Wear was once seen as the platform that will compete with Apple and its watchOS but the OS has little relevance in the wearable segment. Apple is the leader with its Apple Watch while Xiaomi and Fitbit are the second and the third largest brands. Huawei is the only brand in top five to use Android while Samsung deploys its own Tizen for its wearables.
As Google shifts its focus towards a cleaner operating system and adds design elements that match iOS and also builds its own hardware such as the Pixel smartphone and Google Home speakers, it is possible that Google will come out with its own smartwatch at some point. Will that be enough to become a successful wearable brand is anyone’s guess at the moment.