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If you own a Wear OS smartwatch right now, you may wonder whether it can support the latest version of the operating system. If you are planning to buy a smartwatch in near future, it’s likely to have an older version of Wear OS. In order to get the full functionality of your wearable, it is advisable that you use the latest software version. The Wear OS 3 has specific hardware requirements. If your smartwatch uses Snapdragon Wear 3100 processor or older, it won’t accept Wear OS 3. This means, that if your smartwatch is Xiaomi Mi Watch or Fossil Gen 5 LTE, you can’t update it to Wear OS 3.

Wear OS 3 is a revamped version of the software wearable devices, which merged with Fitbit fitness software and Samsung Tizen last year. If you want to upgrade to, avoid buying any smartwatch model with Snapdragon Wear 3100 chip or older. Only select models of the current Wear OS smartwatch will get an upgrade later this year, so be sure that you get an official confirmation from the manufacturer. Eligible smartwatch models include TicWatch E3, TicWatch Pro 3, Skagen Gen 6, and Fossil Gen 6. At the moment, there are only a few smartwatch models with Snapdragon Wear 4100 chip. However, there will be no longer new models with the Wear 3100 chip, because it no longer supports the latest software.

Eventually, Fitbit smartwatches will use Wear OS as well. However, even if you have a smartwatch with Snapdragon Wear 4100 chip, the upgrade process isn’t straightforward. It isn’t as easy as tapping a button on your smartwatch upgrade screen. You will need to restore the smartwatch to factory settings, so your third-party apps, settings changes, and other customizations won’t disrupt the upgrade process. Obviously, the best option is to buy a smartwatch model that ships with Wear OS 3 operating system, like the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4. This is a huge change for loyal Galaxy Watch users because earlier models of the series came with Tizen operating system.

A major selling point of Android is its open nature. This means manufacturers and app developers have more freedom in adding features and capabilities for Wear OS 3 smartwatches. Because you own a smartwatch, you should have more ability to modify it to your preferences. This doesn’t apply to Apple Watch and other smartwatch models with the proprietary software platforms. Another advantage of using a Wear OS 3 smartwatch is its ability to better connect with your Android smartphone because both platforms are developed by Google. Although Wear OS 3 has good integration with iOS devices, it won’t be at the same level as Android devices. For years, Google has de-emphasized the Wear OS platform, which slows down its widespread adoption, unlike Android in the smartphone industry.

Wear OS 3 comes with various new features, such as Emergency SOS, which helps you to quickly and easily dial emergency services in your area. However, this works only if your smartwatch is connected to a cellular network or Wi-Fi.

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