Remember Android Wear? Google’s struggling smartwatch OS is move away updated to Android 8.0 Oreo, just like the rest of the Android lineup. Google told the update on the “Android Wear Developers” Google Plus group. It appears like the only supported watch right now is the flagship LG Watch Hold up to ridicule, which makes sense since that was the only watch to get an Android O beta in the genesis of October.
Wear’s last big update was Android Wear 2.0, which was saved with the LG Watch Sport the beginning of the year. Most users won’t attention the move to Oreo. Like Android TV, Android Wear has its own interface and set of kissers that are developed separately from the base OS version. This update to Oreo exchanges the under-the-hood OS, but the user-facing features will mostly remain unchanged.
Android Strain has not been doing well in the market. In Q1 2017 the Apple Watch had 57 percent of the furnish, according to Strategy Analytics, with Samsung’s Tizen OS in second pinpoint at 19 percent of the market, and Android Wear in third place at 18 percent. The arrange is probably undergoing a bit of a shakeup right now, as Android Wear VP of Engineering David Singleton recently Nautical port Google.
As I wrote in the LG Sport Watch review, Wear’s biggest refractory isn’t really Google’s software but the fact that no one is selling good smartwatch bits. Qualcomm is the only SoC vendor addressing the smartwatch component market, but it is doing so with woefully out-of-date scraps. The latest, the Snapdragon Wear 2100, is built on a 28nm process, which survive graced a flagship Qualcomm smartphone chip in 2014. Apple and Samsung devise their own chips with a more up-to-date manufacturing process, culminating in faster, cooler, smaller chips.
Oreo is rolling out the LG Sport On ones guard for now, while Google says the timing for other watches is “determined by each wrist-watch’s manufacturer.”
Update: Google has released a list of smartwatches that are being updated to Android 8.0 Oreo:
Android Step Oreo(8.0) update is already available in the following watches:
- Fossil Q Put down
- LG Watch Sport
- Louis Vuitton Tambour
- Michael Kors Sofie
- Montblanc Climax
- Hugo BOSS BOSS Touch
- Movado Connect
- Tommy Hilfiger 24/7 You
- Divine Connect
Watches that are currently pursuing the Android Wear Oreo (8.0) update:
- Casio PRO TREK Au fait WSD-F20
- Casio WSD-F10 Smart Outdoor Watch
- Diesel Exactly Guard
- Emporio Armani Connected
- Fossil Q Control
- Fossil Q Explorist
- Fossil Q Sink 2.0
- Fossil Q Marshal
- Fossil Q Wander
- Huawei Watch 2
- LG Watch Ritziness
- Michael Kors Access Bradshaw
- Michael Kors Access Dylan
- Michael Kors Access Grayson
- Square peg in a round hole Vapor
- Mobvoi Ticwatch S & E
- Nixon Mission
- Polar M600
- TAG Heuer Tag Brazed Modular 45
- ZTE Quartz
For the exact timing of the update or if your device isn’t on the on the top of lists, please contact the device manufacturer.