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  1. OnePlus Watch officially won’t be running Google’s Wear OS There’s been a fair bit of back and forth for the past few months regarding whether or not the OnePlus Watch would be running Google’s flailing Wear OS platform. Now, CEO Pete Lau has officially confirmed the OnePlus Watch will have its own operating system. In a forum post today, Lau dropped a teaser for the OnePlus Watch, which confirms what we already knew, that the brand’s first smartwatch will arrive on March 23 alongside the OnePlus 9 series. In the post, he explains that a smartwatch was the most-requested device from the company’s community, and OnePlus sees the device as “more than just instruments that indicate the time and heart rates.” Although OnePlus began by focusing on flagship smartphones, we’ve also been looking at other devices that our users use most often in conjunction with their smartphones for an interconnected experience. Naturally, we turned our attention to smartwatches, as it aligns with our mission to create a burdenless experience. We see smartwatches as more than just instruments that indicate the time and heart rates, but powerful devices capable of elevating our personal digital experience to new heights. And we can’t forget that a smartwatch is the most-requested device from you, the OnePlus Community. Lau further explains that the OnePlus Watch has a “stunning and burdenless design” as well as connectivity with OnePlus smartphones and TVs. A report from earlier today mentioned that the watch could be used as a remote for the Android-based TVs. Apparently, this will all come for an “affordable” price point too. Powering the OnePlus Watch, though, won’t be Wear OS, or even Android for that matter. Rather, OnePlus is using an “RTOS” or “real-time operating system.” It’s a lightweight platform that should provide excellent battery life, but will likely be severely lacking for third-party apps and watchfaces, which is an area where Wear OS does excel. Many probably see this as a good thing, but we’ll have to see the final product to make any real judgment. We chose to go with a smart wear operating system developed based on RTOS because we believe it provides you a smooth and reliable experience while offering a great battery life, covering some of the biggest concerns we’ve been hearing from people looking to buy a smartwatch. Source: OnePlus Watch officially won’t be running Google’s Wear OS
  2. Wear OS is Getting a Mystery “Platform Update” Soon Every time we share the sad story of Wear OS and how it always seems on the brink of being put to bed, Google randomly shows up and tells us about some sort of new feature on the horizon or that an update is coming soon. It’s almost never anything huge, but today the company teased a platform update that will arrive this spring and include 3rd party Tiles from app developers. In a blog post from Google, the company focused specifically on Tiles, to be clear, because they are going to allow app developers to create their own tiles that can be displayed on Wear OS. Tiles, for those not familiar, are cards that live off to the right side of a Wear OS watch’s home screen. They can display weather, fitness info, let you fire up a workout, give you a view of your calendar, etc. They are kind of like widgets or informational cards. Up until this point, Google hasn’t allowed Wear OS app makers to add to the Tiles list on watches and instead only shows some from Google and a few from the watchmaker. By allowing 3rd party apps to have their own Tiles, this seems like a big opportunity to bring a renewed focus to apps on Google’s not-very-popular wearable platform. Now, as far as the “platform update” is concerned, Google didn’t say what we can expect in that update other than 3rd party Tiles. Being a platform update, and with rumors surrounding Samsung and Google partnering again on Wear OS watches, they once again grabbed our attention and have us stupidly crossing our fingers for something big. Please be big? // Android Developers Blog Source: Wear OS is Getting a Mystery “Platform Update” Soon
  3. Google’s Android OS for smartwatches, Wear OS, isn’t nearly as successful as Android for smartphones, tablets, or televisions, and there’s a lot of blame to go around for that. We can blame Google for not having enough confidence to launch its own smartwatch hardware or for barely giving Wear OS the time of day at its big developer conference, or we can blame Qualcomm for failing to design a competitive smartwatch SoC. Smartwatches from Samsung, Huawei, and Apple, with their custom operating systems and SoCs, tend to have much better battery life than smartwatches with Wear OS and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Wear 2100 or 3100. Qualcomm’s current wearable platforms are manufactured on a 28nm fabrication process; in comparison, Samsung’s Exynos 9110, found in the Galaxy Watch series, is manufactured on a 10nm fabrication process. Qualcomm may be bridging the gap with its next SoC for wearables, however, and it could come in the form of the Snapdragon Wear 3300. We first heard about Qualcomm’s next wearable chipset back in July when WinFuture reported on the existence of two chipsets in a prototyping stage. It was believed that one of the chipsets could be marketed as the Snapdragon Wear 2700 and the other the Snapdragon 429 Wear, but the chipsets were still very early in development and there was no indication of when they would launch. Thanks to a tip from XDA Recognized Developer arter97, we know that Qualcomm is indeed preparing a chipset based on the mid-2018 Snapdragon 429 mobile platform, and it’ll likely be called the Snapdragon Wear 3300. Over on the Code Aurora Forum, where Qualcomm uploads the Linux kernel source code for its various chipsets, a commit was uploaded that adds a device tree for a “SDW3300 device.” The device tree source (DTS) file that was uploaded is titled “sdw3300-bg-1gb-wtp.dts,” and the code indicates the new platform is based on the Snapdragon 429, code-named “Spyro.” The Qualcomm Snapdragon 429 was introduced in mid-2018 as a 12nm chip with 4 ARM Cortex-A53 CPU cores clocked at up to 1.95GHz. Qualcomm will likely pair these 4 CPU cores with a low-power co-processor, a PMIC, an integrated DSP, and other components to form the new Snapdragon Wear platform. The biggest problem with the Snapdragon Wear 3100 was that its main application processor was still the 4 ARM Cortex-A7 CPU cores fabricated on a 28nm process, so the new wearable SoC should be much more power-efficient and thus provide better battery life. Paired with 1GB of RAM, future Wear OS smartwatches will also perform better than ever. Of course, this is still just a rumor at this point. Qualcomm has yet to officially confirm any details about its next wearable SoC. We reached out to Qualcomm for comment and will update this article if we hear back. Source: Qualcomm’s upcoming Snapdragon Wear 3300 may be the Wear OS smartwatch chip we’ve been waiting for (via XDA Developers)
  4. There’s been a lot of news in the Wear OS world this week from Alphabet possibly buying Fitbit to a new Moto 360 and even a new chipset too. Now, we’re getting a better look at Xiaomi’s upcoming Mi Watch which is expected to run on Wear OS including a first look at its design. XDA-Developers spotted a few posts on Weibo which confirm the design and several details of the upcoming Mi Watch. First and foremost, let’s take a look at the design here. As hinted at in an earlier teaser, it’s clear Xiaomi’s first Wear OS smartwatch, the Mi Watch, is going to steal the design of Apple Watch. That means we’re getting a square design and display with a button along the right side which doubles as a rotating crown. There’s another button underneath that again, just like the Apple Watch. In another teaser image, Xiaomi shows the internals of the watch which includes Wi-Fi, GPS, and NFC. There’s also a “high-performance” CPU. There’s a Qualcomm chip specifically shown in the image which XDA speculates will be the Snapdragon Wear 3100. The other components detailed include a vibration motor, speaker, and an eSIM for cellular connectivity too. There’s still a lot we don’t know about the Xiaomi Mi Watch, including how the company is going to build on Wear OS, but we’ll get more details on November 5th. Source: Xiaomi shows off design and specs for its Wear OS smartwatch in more teaser images (via 9to5Google)
  5. When Google originally announced Android Wear (now called Wear OS), one of the first smartwatches with it was Motorola's Moto 360, it quickly became a fan-favorite with its elegant design; it was also one of the first Android-powered smartwatches with a round design. Many were disappointed in 2016 when Motorola said it was getting out of the smartwatch market, after two generations of the Moto 360. But if you're a fan of the brand, there's good news: the Moto 360 is back. The brand is being licensed to a company called eBuyNow, similar to how Nokia licenses its brand to HMD Global and BlackBerry licenses its brand to TCL. The third-generation Moto 360 has a stainless steel frame that comes in Steel Grey, Rose Gold, and Phantom Black. It does have larger bezels than its predecessors, also eliminating the so-called "flat tire" in the display. It packs a Snapdragon Wear 3100 chipset, 1GB RAM, and 8GB of internal storage, so while it's somewhat expensive at $350, it does include top-end specs. It's unclear if the Moto 360 will be able to win back the hearts of consumers, being that in the last few years, the Wear OS market has seen many stylish options, such as the Fossil Gen 5 Smartwatch. The new Moto 360 will be available in December, and you can check it out at Moto360.com. Source: The Moto 360 is back, but it's not made by Motorola (via Neowin)
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