During Google I / O, it was announced that Wear OS would receive a long awaited and significant update. The question remained whether existing wearables running Wear OS could be upgraded to the new Wear OS version developed with Google and Samsung.
Thanks for another statement XDA developers, we have confirmed that upgrading existing Wear OS devices to version 3.0 is theoretically possible. The spokesman confirms that both the Snapdragon Wear 3100 and the Snapdragon Wear 4100/4100 + will be “capable” of supporting Wear OS 3.0. Here’s what Qualcomm said.
We are working with Google to bring Wear OS 3.0 to Snapdragon Wear 4100+ and 4100 platforms. Snapdragon Wear 3100, 4100+ and 4100 are capable of supporting Wear OS 3.0, but we are not discussing any details at this time.
With this news, we can expect at least a handful of existing Wear OS watches to be updated, but it is not clear which OEMs will be on board with updating older wearables. Qualcomm is responsible for ensuring that hardware using its chipset is capable of running the software for which Google is responsible. It will be up to the OEM to decide if they will put the effort into supporting older portable devices.
Given the number of launches of Wear OS devices in recent months, we hope OEMs are aware that consumers deserve their investment to last for several years and not a predetermined number of months.