Enlarge / The LG Watch Sport.

Bear in mind Android Put on? Google’s struggling smartwatch OS is getting up to date to Android eight.zero Oreo, similar to the remainder of the Android lineup. Google introduced the replace on the “Android Put on Builders” Google Plus group. It looks like the one supported watch proper now’s the flagship LG Watch Sport, which is sensible since that was the one watch to get an Android O beta at first of October.

Put on’s final huge replace was Android Put on 2.zero, which was launched with the LG Watch Sport the start of the yr. Most customers will not discover the transfer to Oreo. Like Android TV, Android Put on has its personal interface and set of options which might be developed individually from the bottom OS model. This replace to Oreo adjustments the under-the-hood OS, however the user-facing options will principally stay unchanged.

Android Put on has not been doing properly available in the market. In Q1 2017 the Apple Watch had 57 % of the market, in accordance with Technique Analytics, with Samsung’s Tizen OS in second place at 19 % of the market, and Android Put on in third place at 18 %. The group might be present process a little bit of a shakeup proper now, as Android Put on VP of Engineering David Singleton just lately left Google.

As I wrote within the LG Sport Watch overview, Put on’s greatest downside is not actually Google’s software program however the truth that nobody is promoting good smartwatch chips. Qualcomm is the one SoC vendor addressing the smartwatch part market, however it’s doing so with woefully out-of-date chips. The most recent, the Snapdragon Put on 2100, is constructed on a 28nm course of, which final graced a flagship Qualcomm smartphone chip in 2014. Apple and Samsung make their very own chips with a extra up-to-date manufacturing course of, leading to sooner, cooler, smaller chips.

Oreo is rolling out the LG Sport Watch now, whereas Google says the timing for different watches is “decided by every watch’s producer.”


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