Android Wear OS

As a version of Google’s Android operating system, Wear OS, also known as Wear OS by Google, is designed for smartwatches and other wearables. It was previously known as Android Wear. Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, 3G, and LTE connectivity, and various applications are supported by Wear OS by Google. The face of a smartwatch can be round, square, and rectangle. HTC, Asus, LG, Intel, BroadCam, Motorola, Qualcomm, Huawei, Samsung, Polar, Mobvoi, and TAG Heuer, are the manufacturing partners of Wear OS.

 

History of Wear OS:

Announced on March 18, 2014, along with its developer preview, the Wear OS platform partner companies like Samsung, Motorola, HTC, Asus, and LG were announced at the same time. At Google I/O, on June 25, 2014, Samsung Gear Live and LG G Watch were launched. The first Android Wear smartwatch to be released and shipped was LG G Watch.

 

Best Wear OS Watches:

Though compatible with both iPhone and Android, the capability of the Wear OS watch needs to be checked before buying. Every watch works only with certain devices.

Fossil Sport:

Being a good combination of value and features in a lightweight, Fossil Sport is comfortable to wear in day-to-day or while working out. Along with having a battery life of up to two days, Fossil Sport can also access all of the latest Wear OS apps.

Specification:

CompatibilityiOS, Android
Display1.2-inch 390 x 390 AMOLED
ProcessorQuad-core 1.2GHz
Band size22mm straps
Onboard storage4GB
Battery durationTwo days
Charging methodProprietary
IP ratingIP68
ConnectivityWi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth

Pros:

  • Powerful watch
  • Lightweight design

Cons:

  • GPS can be slow
  • Lacks high-end features

TicWatch E2:

Being waterproof, TicWatch E2 can also be taken into the swimming pool. Along with lasting for over two days of battery life, this watch also has a GPS to track our location.

Specification:

CompatibilityiOS 8+, Android 4.3+
Display1.39″ 400 x 400 LED
ProcessorSnapdragon Wear 2100
Onboard storage4GB
Battery durationAround 48 hours
Charging methodMagnetic connecting pin
IP ratingIP67
ConnectivityWi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1

Pros:

  • Affordable price
  • Easily two-day battery life

Cons:

  • Bland design
  • No NFC for payments

TicWatch Pro:

Along with a transparent LCD display on the top of a full-color OLED, the TicWatch Pro also has a premium design, a heart rate sensor, NFC for Google Pay, great GPS tracking, and much more. The watch shifts to the LCD screen, to show time, step count, and many more, while conserving the battery.

Specification:

CompatibilityiOS 8+, Android 4.3+
Display1.4″ 400 x 400 OLED paired with LCD screen
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100
Onboard storage4GB
Battery durationUp to 48 hours, 5 extra days in Essential mode
Charging methodMagnetic connecting pin
IP ratingIP68
ConnectivityWi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1

Pros:

  • Innovative screen tech
  • Premium design

Cons:

  • Limited app
  • No LTE

TicWatch S2:

Similar to TicWatch E2, the TicWatch S2 has the same features, i.e., a two-day battery life, a waterproof design, GPS, and all other benefits. The company thus released the same features in two different designs. With a more durable design than the E2, TicWatch S2 is suitable for adventures as well as runners, and it itself stands for “Sport”.

Specification:

CompatibilityiOS 8+, Android 4.3+
Display1.39″ 400 x 400 OLED
ProcessorSnapdragon Wear 2100
Onboard storage4GB
Battery durationAround 48 hour
Charging methodMagnetic connecting pin
IP ratingIP67
ConnectivityWi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1

Pros:

  • Waterproof design
  • Affordable

Cons:

  • Lack of NFC
  • No LTE variant

Misfit Vapour 2:

To solve a lot of issues in its first generation, Misfit Vapour 2 facilitates GPS to track our runs, NFC for Google Pay, simple design, two different sizes display either in 1.2-inch or 1.4-inch, a low price point and the best smartwatch for exercising.

Specification:

CompatibilityiOS, Android
Display1.2-inch or 1.4-inch display, 360 x 360 AMOLED
ProcessorDual-core 1.0GHz
Band sizes20mm straps
Onboard storage4GB
Battery duration1 day
Charging methodProprietary
IP ratingN/A
ConnectivityWi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth

Pros:

  • Affordable price
  • NCF for Google Play

Cons:

  • No LTE option
  • Kind of flimsy

TicWatch C2:

Along with being one of the most affordable smartwatches, the TicWatch C2 also comes with Google Pay and GPS support in the same package.

Specification:

CompatibilityiOS, Android
Display1.3-inch 360 x 360 AMOLED
ProcessorDual-core 1.0Ghz
Band sizes20mm or 18mm straps
Onboard storage4GB
Battery duration1 day
Charging methodPropritary
IP ratingIP68
ConnectivityWi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth

Pros:

  • Low price
  • Google Pay and GPS

Cons:

  • Limited straps
  • Outdated internals

Fossil Gen 5:

Smaller Julianna or larger Carlyle are both facilitated by the Fossil Gen 5. The premium features like GPS, a heart rate sensor, bright vibrant display, 1GB RAM, and the Snapdragon Wear 3100 chipset are present in both. Other features include a battery saver mode and water-resistance up to 30 minutes. However, compared to other Wear OS, it is more expensive.

Specification:

CompatibilityiOS 10+, Android 6.0+
Display1.28″ 416 x 416 AMOLED
ProcessorSnapdragon Wear 3100
Onboard storage8GB
Battery duration24 hour+
Charging methodConductive USB charger
IP ratingIP68
ConnectivityWi-Fi, Bluetooth

Pros:

  • Fast processor
  • Battery saving modes

Cons:

  • Weak speaker
  • More expensive than rivals

Huawei Watch 2:

With a built-in GPS and NFC on the watch and option to the 4G model, Huawei Watch 2 also has a screen smaller as compared to other Wear OS.

Specification:

CompatibilityIOS 9+, Android 4.3+
Display1.2″ 390 x 390
ProcessorSnapdragon Wear 2100
Onboard storage4GB
Battery durationUp to 48 hours
Charging methodConductive USB-C charger
IP ratingIP68
ConnectivityWi-Fi, 3G + 4G LTE, Bluetooth

Pros:

  • Built-in GPS and NFC
  • Optional 4G model

Cons:

  • Performance can be sluggish
  • Screen too small

 

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