Google Drops Android Wear Beta for LG Watch Sport
Google today made a fresh beta build available of Android Wear. This pre-release operating system is compatible with a single device, the LG Watch Sport. Google says the beta targets several behaviors and refinements within API level 26, specifically notification channels and background limits. For example, this new Android beta makes it possible for users to choose the types of notifications they receive on their wearable, as well as separate those generated by watch apps and those generated by phone apps. Moreover, the Android beta improves upon background limits to restrict apps running in the background. The end result should be better battery life. Google stopped short of giving the beta a number designation, though because it is an upgrade of API level 26 it is like Android Wear 2.x.
Nov 8, 2018
Fossil today announced a new Wear OS-based smartwatch that is among the first to ship with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 3100 Wear platform and the latest version of Wear OS. Qualcomm announced the system-on-a-chip, which makes big gains in maximizing battery life, earlier this year.
Sep 10, 2018
Qualcomm today announced the Snapdragon Wear 3100 platform, what the company calls a next-generation chip for wearables and other smart devices. To start, the 3100 is built on an ultra low-power hierarchy to conserve battery life.
Nov 15, 2018
Google today revealed that a small system update will reach Wear OS-based devices over the next few months. Wear OS Version H focuses on fine-tuning battery performance.
Oct 16, 2018
Huawei today announced the Watch GT, a smartwatch that has a traditional appearance and focuses on fitness. Huawei says the Watch GT is designed for "urban explorers" and can track a wide range of activities.