My Rant About WearOS!

Dom Kwolczak
8 min readJul 8, 2022

As a WearOS Fan!

At the beginning of the year, I decided to switch to an open ecosystem, in the past, I was fully in the Apple Ecosystem and I liked it, particularly the way everything just worked together as well as the automation provided by the Shortcuts app.

However, as a tech enthusiast, I felt very limited and out of touch with Android, so I decided to mix things up. Whilst keeping to my beloved iPad Pro, I decided to get the Pixel 6 Pro.

One of my favourite devices in the Apple Ecosystem happened to be my watch, I had the Nike edition SE as well as several previous models.

Unfortunately, as you probably have guessed, the Apple Watch SE is not compatible with Android devices, so I found myself in search of a decent WearOS (Previously Android Wear) Watch, which happened to be easier than expected as at the time I was trying out the Mobvoi TicWatch Pro 3 Ultra, which is a very decent watch which eventually became my everyday driver.

Over the years, I’ve had many smartwatches, starting from the legendary Pebble to various other brands, so I think it’s fair to say that I know a thing or 2 about them.

I also became a fan of WearOS and have been since my very first Android Wear (Now WearOS) smartwatch, the Sony Smartwatch 3 — That’s right -Sony used to make smartwatches!

What is WearOS?

Let’s start with the elephant in the room, WearOS (previously known as Android Wear) is Google’s smartwatch operating system, a little bit like Apple’s WatchOS. WearOS is designed to run on smartwatches and other wearables but it’s important to note that it’s not the only operating system out there.

We are not alone!

If you are an Android user or even iPhone user, there are other operating systems available. One example is Samsung’s Tizen OS which is built on the Linux base framework.

Although Samsung has decided to go back to WearOS for their latest watch release, the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4, there still is a handful of devices that run on Tizen such as their previous Watch 3 model.

I happened to own the original Samsung Galaxy Watch a few years back, it was running on Tizen and, I thought the…