These Android Wear smartwatches will get Google’s new Android Oreo update

Last week, Google released Oreo for Android Wear. However, only LG’s Watch Sport and Watch Style saw the update arrive over-the-air. To give some clarification as to which Android Wear smartwatches will receive the latest Oreo update, Google confirmed a full list of those eligible and published it on one Google support page.

Google announced this Android Oreo update briefly during its annual developer conference in May. The update for Android Wear brings far fewer features than Oreo does for mobile, despite the delay in its release. Some of the major ones include: the ability to adjust notification vibration strength, the ability to lock your device manually (for wet conditions), support for seven new languages, notification channels, and battery saving background limits.

We now know which Android Wear smartwatches will be updated to Oreo (8.0), but the exact time frame for each timepiece remains a mystery. The below comes straight from Google.

Android Wear Oreo (8.0) update is already available in the following watches:
  • Fossil Q Venture
  • LG Watch Sport
  • Louis Vuitton Tambour
  • Michael Kors Sofie
  • Montblanc Summit
Watches that are currently pursuing the Android Wear Oreo (8.0) update:
  • Casio PRO TREK Smart WSD-F20
  • Casio WSD-F10 Smart Outdoor Watch
  • Diesel Full Guard
  • Emporio Armani Connected
  • Fossil Q Control
  • Fossil Q Explorist
  • Fossil Q Founder 2.0
  • Fossil Q Marshal
  • Fossil Q Wander
  • Gc Connect
  • Guess Connect
  • Huawei Watch 2
  • Hugo BOSS BOSS Touch
  • LG Watch Style
  • Michael Kors Access Bradshaw
  • Michael Kors Access Dylan
  • Michael Kors Access Grayson
  • MIsfit Vapor
  • Mobvoi Ticwatch S & E
  • Movado Connect
  • Nixon Mission
  • Polar M600
  • TAG Heuer Tag Connected Modular 45
  • Tommy Hilfiger 24/7 You
  • ZTE Quartz

If you’re looking for the exact timing of the update, Google recommends you contact your device manufacturer. If your Android Wear device is not present on this list; you are out of luck, as these appear to be the only (which is honestly more than we expected) that will receive the OTA update.

This seems to be a good sign for Android Wear. Google has been losing interest in the platform, but at least it’s trying to roll out an update to more than two watches that isn’t via the Play Store app. Personally, I hope manufacturers continue to support their watches and introduce new ones, but we’ll have to wait and see.

We’ll keep you posted if we hear anything regarding release dates, but if history is to prove anything, it could be some time before some of these are treated to the update. If you happen to see it on your watch, drop a comment letting us know.

SOURCE [Google Support]

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Doug Demagistris is the Founder and current Editor In Chief of Droid Turf. He grew up in New York and now attends Bryant University where he is studying marketing and communication. He has been and always will be a Google enthusiast thanks to Android’s customization, flat design and exceptional integration with various Google services. Currently, Doug uses a Pixel 2 XL as his daily driver for its unique design, powerful hardware, exceptional camera, and stock experience. For shorter instances, he’ll glance at his Huawei Watch. And for more productive work, you’ll find him typing away on his Pixelbook. Doug is hopeful his productivity will make lives easier, more meaningful and help down the road.