We already have some potentially fantastic smartwatches to look forward to between now and the end of the year – including the Google Pixel Watch – and it looks like we can add one more to the list courtesy of Mobvoi and its TicWatch- Brand.
Mobvoi apparently emailed (opens in new tab) certain customers about a new device, as noted by 9to5Google (opens in new tab), and all indications are that a flagship Wear OS smartwatch is on the way. No name is mentioned, but it is probably the TicWatch Pro 4.
We were quite impressed with the TicWatch Pro 3 that launched in 2020 and the Ultra version that followed in 2021. We’ve also seen more affordable TicWatch wearables appear, but the next one will likely be on the pricier end of the spectrum.
In his email, Mobvoi calls a “flagship” watch with a “premium design”. There are also references to long battery life, support for NFC payments and GPS, and IP68 waterproof protection. That sounds like a fairly high-end smartwatch to us.
The communication also talks about being able to check for an irregular heartbeat (atrial fibrillation) and stress levels – those features are also present on the TicWatch Pro 3 Ultra, but Mobvoi hints that the new model will offer further improvements.
As we heard at Google IO 2022, there is renewed momentum behind the Wear OS platform and devices that support it. It looks like Mobvoi wants to be a part of that, with the email stating that the product in question is “about to be released”.
Analytics: A Fresh Start for Wear OS
Wear OS, formerly known as Android Wear, is the smartwatch operating system Google built to take on the mighty Apple Watch – and it’s fair to say that devices running the software have had mixed fortunes in recent years.
It was really only Mobvoi with the TicWatch brand and Fossil with its impressive lineup of smartwatches that have kept the Wear OS flag. Meanwhile, the Apple Watch has grown stronger with each passing year.
However, the signs for the future are promising. Google has recently invested more time and effort into Wear OS, while Samsung has ported its own watches to the platform – with the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 and Watch 5 Pro now just around the corner.
Then there’s the Google Pixel Watch coming later this year. Add in whatever the new TicWatch model is, and we’re talking some serious competition for the Apple Watch by the time 2022 comes to a close.