Here’s the list of every Android Wear watch currently slated to get Oreo

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  • Marshall Davidson

    Looks like the Fossil Q Founder original owners got shafted on this one but that’s typical of Android. This update doesn’t really seem all that compelling anyway.

    • Garrett Cooper

      I have a first gen Founder, seems odd all other models get the update except this one. Maybe an oversight on the list?

    • dirtyKIMCHI

      There are no SnapDragon 400 nor Atom Z3520 (except for the Tag 45) based Android Wear watches are on that list, so support for these SoCs has been deprecated as of Oreo.

    • Stephen B Morris

      Oh so that’s the common thread? But aren’t those SoCs more than capable of running Oreo for AW? Is Qualcomm and Intel to blame for choosing to not update the drivers or the OEM & Google to blame for not using project treble or finding a way to get these things updated?

    • dirtyKIMCHI

      As per the Android 8.0 Compatibility Definition (at source. android. com/compatibility/8.0/android-8.0-cdd#2_4_watch_requirements), there is nothing excluding these First Generation AW watches as there is nothing defining that the SoCs in these watches have lost support.

      Cannot type to whether Intel and/or Qualcomm deserve blame nor whether driver support has been dropped (often this information is not widely available or it is purposely suppressed).

      Project Treble will only apply to future Android Wear wearables that ship with Oreo. It is up to the manufacturer to add support for Project Treble onto older devices, however, based on the lack of pre-Oreo devices gaining it, most devices will not get it.

      It may just come down to user experience and usability at this point. These older SoCs/devices are likely showing their age with Oreo installed, as well as possibly have been abandoned by their manufacturer for newer models (or in the case of Asus, just abandoned).

    • Stephen B Morris

      Thanks for the info. I guess I have to choose better next time. It’s a shame though. My Huawei Watch 1 looks better than the 2 and once I turned off the “Ok Google” detection, the lag went away. Was hoping Oreo would fix that so I could turn it on again plus still get the battery savings but that’s ok. Using the button is fine.

  • ChrisPollard77

    I didn’t even get AW2 on my original Moto 360, and I don’t feel like I’m missing out on anything … except a bunch of problems that AW2 users reported. It still does what I want/need of it … and does it well. Not sure what I’d replace it with, or if I even would. *shrug* Guess it would depend what kind of fire sale I found at the time.

    • Stephen B Morris

      The Fossil 3rd generation ones look nice. I bought one during Black Friday to give as a gift. It will probably be 30% off again for boxing week.

  • Adi

    As an Apple Watch owner, this situation is totally foreign to me.

    • George Jia

      So is choice.

    • Adi

      Fair enough. The single unique design Apple Watch is certainly not for everyone but the fact that it is receiving consistent software updates more than makes up for it by prolonging its useful life compared to others.

    • George Jia

      Tell that to the poor users of iPhone 6 and 6s who updated and had their phones intentionally slowed down.

    • Adi

      That move is worthy of a class action and I’m pretty sure sooner or later, Apple will get slapped for it. Batteries should have been replaced for free if within the 1 year warranty or per the regular repair charge if out of warranty. As it stands, I agree with you, it was a very shady move by Apple and it will bite them in the a** sooner or later.

    • Stephen B Morris

      Consider yourself lucky. It’s not a good feeling.

  • Brad Fortin

    That’s awful. Most Android Wear watches that are more than 1 year old won’t be getting updated. Meanwhile Apple Watches that are almost 3 years old are still getting regular updates.