Wear OS 3 is the latest update to Google’s smartwatch platform, announced at Google I/O 2021. It’s being co-developed by Google and Samsung, the latter of which has adopted Wear OS in lieu of its long-time Tizen platform. It brings some notable changes compared to previous iterations of Wear OS, which should give it a boost when compared to both Google and Samsung’s efforts in the space, combining the best of both companies.
We’ve already tasted what Wear OS 3 can do thanks to the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4, which proved quite popular. However, that’s only Samsung’s flavor of Wear OS, and despite some teasers from Google and a few uncovered snippets, we still don’t have a complete picture of what’s in store for the “stock” Wear OS 3 update on some of the best Wear OS watches. This is the experience we would expect to see on the upcoming Pixel Watch, similar to how Google’s Pixel smartphones provide a “stock” version of Android.