Some smartwatches – including a Fossil – now getting an early preview of Google and Samsung’s OS

Some smartwatches - including a Fossil - now getting an early preview of Google and Samsung's OS

While we wait for Google and Samsung’s new unified smartwatch operating system, some watch owners have received an early preview of sorts.

The new Play Store update has brought with it elements of the new software platform, tentatively called Wear. Per posts on Reddit, which were first picked up by Android Central, the redesigned Play Store user interface is currently available on the third-generation Moto 360, Suunto 7, Mobvoi TicWatch Pro 3 GPS, and, curiously, the Fossil Gen 5, which according to Fossil’s statement, is not going to get updated to the new platform.
Although Qualcomm has said that its Wear 3100 and the 4100/4100+ chips are capable of running the refreshed software, the common consensus was that a good many current watches won’t get upgraded. Samsung has already said that the current Tizen watches won’t get the new platform. Although Mobvoi hasn’t said anything officially, reports indicate that the Pro 3 and E3 will be updated to the new OS.

Wear combines the best of Google’s Wear OS and Samsung’s Tizen

Back to the new update, the Wear-themed changes are limited to the Play Store app and have resulted in larger pill-shaped buttons for easier navigation and pronounced elements. Some buttons now sport a gradient color scheme.

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