The latest Android 2.8 update brings a whole set of new features to the platform along with improved watches' display performance. Beyond those aspects, it's tough to gauge whether or not Wear OS has enough gas in the tank to really make a significant impact in the smartwatch industry - one that's largely dominated by the Apple Watch.
We're also being promised longer battery lives since the transition to smaller manufacturing processes should lead to a reduction in energy consumption.
Wear OS DP2 also introduces support fo Actions on Google for enhanced Assistant integration.
In the past couple of years, there have been a large number of brands that have come on board the Android Wear wagon, most of these are the same watch inside but different design. Yes, you can still use Google Assistant to provide relevant information to your questions and requests, such as asking for the weather, but now you can use it to turn on the lights, tell your vacuum robot to start cleaning, and much more!
The third-generation SoCs - after the Snapdragon 400 and Snapdragon 2100 - is touted to be designed from the ground up "for a no-compromises smartwatch experience" and include dedicated chips to enable always-on functionality. Plus, it was outdated at its launch in 2016. The SoCs will come in different variations, all with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi and some with Global Positioning System and LTE.
Wear OS is exhausted and this new chipset will hopefully deliver it a shot in the arm which can not come soon enough.