Contrary to previous rumours, it appears that the TicWatch Pro 3 will also receive the wear OS 3 update later this year.
Fresh intel we reported on a few days ago states that Wear OS 3 will be available in the third quarter of 2023 for TicWatch Pro 3 Ultra and TicWatch E3 models. The info comes from a Mobvoi sales representative in the Chech Republic. He adds that no other existing watches will be getting the update and that Mobvoi has assigned priority to various other projects. Presumably the latter is referring to timepieces that are currently in development.
This statement has caused some confusion as TicWatch Pro 3 was not mentioned. It is also powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 4100 platform, the same that can be found in the TicWatch Pro 3 Ultra and TicWatch E3 models.
A statement from a member of the Mobovi support team, published earlier today, provides some additional information. That individual does not provide any potential release dates, only stating that Mobvoi intends to upgrade the platform to wear OS 3 on older watches. However, he explicitly states that the TicWatch Pro 3 will be included in the list of compatible devices.
Here’s a screenshot of his reply:
The issue with Wear OS 2.
Upgrading from Wear OS 2 to Wear OS 3 has several advantages. For starters, it improves performance, allows for faster app launches, and provides a more fluid user experience. It also adds new features and updates existing ones, increasing the smartwatch’s versatility and functionality. Wear OS 3 improves health and fitness tracking capabilities as well as integration with Google apps and services.
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Equally important, as developers shift their focus to developing apps for Wear OS 3, support for Wear OS 2 is being phased out. This means that certain apps on the older platform are no longer be available or receive updates. Apps like Komoot, Strava, and Wikiloc, for example, do not appear in the Play Store. This will become a bigger issue as time passes. There are unofficial ways to install the software, such as activating developer mode and connecting the phone and watch to the same WiFI network.
Finally, wear OS 3 improves overall device security with patches and improvements that may not be available on Wear OS 2. Users can enjoy a more secure, feature-rich experience by upgrading to the latest version.
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