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According to a recent report, it has been suggested that these days, consumers appear to prefer keeping their smartphones updated to the latest OS versus buying a brand new device. This makes sense when you consider that some smartphones are starting to see a rather huge hike in price.
So the question is, does this apply to smartwatches too? While we’re not sure on the smartwatch front, we do know that updates are welcome especially if they bring about new functionality, and for Android Wear users, Google has upload a list of devices that are expected to receive the Android Wear update that is based on Android Oreo.
The list posted on Google’s Android Wear Help page is rather extensive, but for the most part we are noticing that the devices on the list are those that fall under Fossil’s brand, or at least the Fossil umbrella, which also plays home to brands like Diesel and Michael Kors. According to Google, the devices that should already receive the update include the Fossil Q Venture, LG Watch Sport, Louis Vuitton Tambour, Michael Kors Sofie, and the Montblanc Summit.
There are a bunch of devices that are supposed to get the update, but a release date has yet to be confirmed, but you can check out the list below to see if your device is part of it. It has been pointed out by 9to5Google that quite a few older Android Wear devices aren’t part of the list, like the LG Watch R, the original Huawei Watch, and the 2nd gen Moto 360/Sport from 2015.
Casio PRO TREK Smart WSD-F20
Casio WSD-F10 Smart Outdoor Watch
Diesel Full Guard
Emporio Armani Connected
Fossil Q Control
Fossil Q Explorist
Fossil Q Founder 2.0
Fossil Q Marshal
Fossil Q Wander
Huawei Watch 2
Hugo BOSS BOSS Touch
LG Watch Style
Michael Kors Access Bradshaw
Michael Kors Access Dylan
Michael Kors Access Grayson
Mobvoi Ticwatch S & E
TAG Heuer Tag Connected Modular 45
Tommy Hilfiger 24/7 You
While Android might be one of the most-used smartphone platforms available today, Android Wear isn’t quite dominating the wearable scene as we’re sure Google had hoped it would. In fact a while ago, there were several Android Wear OEMs who decided to skip an entire year of refreshing their devices.
That being said one has to wonder about the future of Android Wear and what’s worrying is that for some reason, the Android Wear section on the Google Store has mysteriously vanished. Now before the wild speculation begins, it seems highly unlikely that Google has decided to kill off Android Wear. After all Google recently announced that the latest Android Wear beta is now being tested on the LG Watch Sport.
However like we said, Android Wear hasn’t exactly been the runaway success that Google had hoped it would be, plus the delay of the previous update most likely did not sit well with many Android Wear users as well. It is possible that Google might simply be reorganizing the store and removed the section by accident, or maybe it was just a glitch in the store, but either way we’ll keep our eyes peeled for more information for if and when it does return.
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Carriers such as Verizon aren’t strangers to making and releasing their own branded hardware. We’ve seen it happen with tablets, and with wearables being a popular segment in tech market these days, it did not come as a surprise when earlier this year in February, Verizon announced and launched their own Android Wear smartwatch.
Dubbed the Wear24, it marked Verizon’s first foray into the Android Wear scene, but unfortunately it seems that Verizon’s adventure was short-lived. In a confirmation by Droid-Life, the carrier has indeed discontinued the Wear24 smartwatch. The device was initially marked as “no longer available” and was later confirmed by the carrier to the publication.
It is unclear as to why Verizon killed off the device less than a year after launching it, but it has been speculated that poor reviews could be one of the reasons. Droid-Life notes that the average rating of the device is at 2.4 out of 5, and that one of the main gripes is the device’s speaker volume which is so soft that it kind of kills the point of it being a smartwatch that can make calls.
Buggy software and poor connectivity has also been cited as possible reasons behind why the carrier decided to can it. We’re not sure if this will mark the end of Verizon’s Android Wear devices, but as far as the Wear24 is concerned, this is it.