Android Oreo starts rolling out to Android Wear watches
Update (Dec 10): Google has now revealed which of the Android Wear-powered smartwatches will be updated to Android Oreo. According to the company, the update will be first released to Fossil Q Venture, Louis Vuitton Tambour, Michael Kors Sofie, Montblanc Summit and LG Watch Sport smartwatches.
In addition to the above five models, Android 8.0 based Android Wear release will come eventually come to twenty-five other watches from the likes of Fossil, Huawei, Casio, LG, Michael Kors, Misfit and more. You can find the full list below.
Casio: Casio PRO TREK Smart WSD-F20, Casio WSD-F10 Smart Outdoor Watch
Diesel: Diesel Full Guard
Emporio Armani: Emporio Armani Connected
Fossil: Fossil Q Control, Fossil Q Explorist, Fossil Q Founder 2.0, Fossil Q Marshal, Fossil Q Wander
Guess: Gc Connect, Guess Connect
Huawei: Huawei Watch 2
Hugo BOSS: Hugo BOSS BOSS Touch
LG: LG Watch Style
Michael Kors: Michael Kors Access Bradshaw, Michael Kors Access Dylan, Michael Kors Access Grayson
Misfit: Misfit Vapor
Mobvoi: Mobvoi Ticwatch S & E
Movado: Movado Connect
Noxon: Nixon Mission
Polar: Polar M600
TAG Heuer: TAG Heuer Tag Connected Modular 45
Tommy Hilfiger: Tommy Hilfiger 24/7 You
ZTE: ZTE Quartz
Update (Dec 7): Over two months after releasing the beta of the Android 8.0 Oreo-based Android Wear release for LG Watch Sport, Google has started rolling out the final update. According to Google’s Hoi Lam, the update is being released today and will reach the supported Android Wear smartwatches over the coming days and weeks.
Here are the highlights of new Android Wear version
- Improvements to notification vibration strength setting
- Enhancements to the touch lock option for wet conditions
- Support for 7 new countries / languages including Dutch in Belgium, Spanish in El Salvador, Honduras & Paraguay
- Support for notification channels and battery saving background limits
Given that LG Watch Sport got the beta update, it is the first Android Wear smartwatch to get the final update. The other smartwatches will be getting Oreo shortly.
Earlier (Oct 3): Google releases beta of next Android Wear release
Google has launched the beta version of the next major Android Wear release. This release will upgrade Android Wear to API 26, the same level as Android Oreo.
According to the company, the major changes in the upcoming release include notification channels support and background limit restrictions.
With the upgrade Android Wear, the users will be able to choose the types of notifications they want rather than muting all of them. Additionally, there are now more restrictions on running apps in the background unless there is a visible notification.
Google has also revealed that LG Watch Sport users can easily install this beta release if they want. All they have to do is sign up for the beta at this link and the factory image will automatically be downloaded to the watch.
The search giant notes that this is going to be the only beta release before the final roll-out. There is however no word on the final release’s roll-out date at this point.