I’m weary of this Wear OS waiting game


We’re a few weeks into 2023, and we’ve already seen some cool tech products announced this year, particularly from CES. But while Google and other Android OEMs were present to show off new phones, tablets, and software, Wear OS had barely any presence, and it seems we’re once again waiting for the next generation of Wear OS 3 smartwatches to arrive.

That’s not to say there haven’t been some interesting things to show off in the Wear OS space. Google revealed a new Active Unlock feature at its CES booth (via Android Police), an unannounced feature that lets Pixel Watch users keep their phones unlocked if the watch is in use, on the wrist, and nearby.

Citizen also showed off its latest smartwatch, the CZ Smart, which features interesting tech from NASA to help users combat fatigue. However, that watch is powered by the aging (yet still good) Snapdragon Wear 4100+ chipset, which only seems to highlight the fact that we’re in 2023 and still have yet to see a smartwatch with the newest chip.

Qualcomm Snapdragon W5+ platform summary

(Image credit: Qualcomm)

The Snapdragon W5+ Gen 1 was announced over the summer of last year, with the promise of vastly 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 co-processor.