I’m tired of this Wear OS waiting game

It’s a few weeks into 2023, and we’ve already seen some cool tech products announced this year, especially from CES. But while Google and other Android OEMs were on hand to show off new phones, tablets and software, Wear OS was hardly present, and it looks like we’re once again waiting for the next generation of Wear smartwatches to arrive. OS 3.

That’s not to say there haven’t been some cool things to show off in the Wear OS space. Google unveiled a new Active Unlock feature at its CES booth (via android font), an unannounced feature that allows Pixel Watch users keep their phone unlocked if the watch is in use, both on and near the wrist.

Citizen also introduced its latest smartwatch, the Smart CZ, which features some cool technology from NASA to help users combat fatigue. However, this watch is fueled by aging (but still good) Snapdragon Wear 4100+ chipset, which only highlights the fact that it’s 2023 and we still haven’t seen a smartwatch with the latest chip.

Qualcomm Snapdragon W5+ Platform Summary

(Image credit: Qualcomm)

The Snapdragon W5+ Gen 1 was announced in the summer of last year, with the promise of dramatically improved performance and battery life for Wear OS smartwatches. It features a smaller design, better low-power modes, and is much more efficient than its predecessor thanks to its new 4nm process and coprocessor.

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