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Wear OS 4 is official, but only on the Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 series 

Google’s own Pixel Watch is yet to get the update.

A fashionable analog watch from brand os 10 15 20 adorns the wrist. Samsung galaxy watch 6

Samsung launched the Galaxy Watch 6 series recently at Galaxy Unpacked 2023. Besides the new colors and tracking features, there are two notable improvements with the Watch 6 series. 

Samsung has increased the screen real-estate slightly, and the Classic variant is back with the fan-favorite rotating bezels. And with the Galaxy Watch 6 series, Samsung has also debuted Wear OS 4. 

Galaxy Watch 6: First smartwatch powered by Google’s Wear OS 4 

Samsung galaxy watch 6 series running wear os 4
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Wear OS 4 is live, and Samsung’s Galaxy smartwatches are the first to receive Google’s latest Wear OS version. It’s a disappointing time for users of the Google Pixel Watch users, who have all the right to be upset. 

When Google officially releases a new Android upgrade, Google Pixel smartphone users are the first to receive them. So, by that logic, Pixel watch users were expecting to be the first to get the new Wear OS 4 update. Who knew Google would roll out the new update to a different manufacturer before releasing it for its own customers? 

It looks like Samsung has the upper hand in the close partnership between the Korean tech giant and Google, which may have been why the Galaxy Watch 6 series got the update before the Pixel Watch.

Meanwhile, 9to5Google has revealed a new Wear OS build for the Pixel Watch with version number TWD4.230609.006.B2. According to the outlet, Google let this information slip, and it refers to a Wear OS 4 build based on Android 13, up from the current Android 11 and Wear OS 3.5.

However, we think it’s just a matter of weeks before Google finally rolls out the Wear OS 4 update for its Pixel Watches with new features. Currently, we don’t know much about the new Wear OS 4 features, as Samsung didn’t cover it in the launch event. 

That said, Galaxy Watch 6 is still in the pre-order state and is not shipping before August 11. So, plenty of time for Google to roll out the new update to the Pixel Watch, if it’s planning on doing so before the Watch 6 starts shipping to buyers.

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Saurav loves writing and tech. So, after engineering, he didn't look back and embarked on a journey to become a tech writer. Saurav has worked for various tech websites across the globe. Saurav has recently joined Know Techie and is proud to be a part of it.

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