Sony SmartWatch 3 is getting an unofficial Android Wear 2.0 update

Devs are working on the port now - and need help
SmartWatch 3 will get unofficial Wear 2.0

It looks like Sony SmartWatch 3 owners might be getting Android Wear 2.0 after all, just not from Sony itself. A developer who goes by PDesire recently posted on the XDA Developers forum that he is working on an unofficial port and now users are collaborating on the project.

There's no ETA yet but PDesire is close to getting Wear 2.0 running on the Sony SmartWatch 3. The devs chatting seem to think they can work to get Android Pay working on the NFC smartwatch too. If you think you can help, you can join the dev chat now.

Earlier this month we asked Sony if the official update was coming. "SmartWatch 3 will not be upgraded to Android Wear 2.0 as after evaluation, we found the current operating system version delivered the most consistent and stable experience," a company spokesperson has told us.

Read this: When will your smartwatch get the Android Wear 2.0 update

Unhappy SW3 owners then began signing a petition in a bid to bring the OS update to the sporty smartwatch.

After the official unveil, we found out when older devices would also get the Wear 2.0 treatment and disappointingly for some, the Sony SmartWatch 3 was one of the few devices not to be included on the long list.

We asked Sony for more detail on the reason behind the decision after rumours that the processor wouldn't be able to handle 2.0. A rep sent us this explanation which does suggest the ageing hardware is to blame: "The device platform provided the most consistent user experience on the current operating system version."

Sony also acknowledged that the SmartWatch 3 is a pretty old device: "Overall we aim to support premium range devices with the latest Android and maintenance updates for eighteen months after the device has launched."

Android Pay please

The third generation Sony smartwatch was named alongside the Samsung Gear Live, original Moto 360 and LG G Watch as the devices that won't get the update. That means these watches won't benefit from the standalone apps or having access to the Google Play Store from their wrist. Two of those watches originally launched with the OS so it's perhaps not all that surprising they are not being supported.

Particularly annoying for SmartWatch 3 owners is the fact that the smartwatch has NFC onboard but existing users won't be able to use Android Pay without Wear 2.0. We asked Sony specifically about payments but got a no comment on "future roadmaps."

Clearly not a lot of people are happy about this situation and one in particular, a certain David Ramírez-Piscina, has set up a petition on Change.org. Simply titled, We want Android Wear 2 on Sony smartwatch 3, it now has over 4,500 signatures in the hope that Sony and Google will take notice.

The SmartWatch 3 launched back in 2014 and aside from an all-metal design makeover, we've yet to see a successor to the GPS-packing Android Wear, though there was nothing to see at MWC, but as more time passes and Sony focuses on smart home, hearables and VR, it's looking increasingly more unlikely. We'll keep an eye on the devs progress over on XDA.

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12 Comments

  • Notch says:

    I have just purchased a Sony smartwatch 3.

    I really like the watch so far, but I feel the update should be available to all compatible watches.

    Come on Sony I'm old enough to remember when you were the kings of technology and innovation, don't let us down, all who have kept faith in your products. 

  • Cynic says:

    this is typical of Sony, betamax, minidisk and now smart watch 3 they launch another, beautiful design, play with it for a while then lose interest and move onto the next new thing so, yes I support the petition but I don't hold out much hope. Maybe they should reflect on the fact that, little by little they are losing support, brand loyalty requires loyalty to customers too.

  • Xarra says:

    Keep alive Sony Smartwatch 3 !!!!!!!!

  • pawces says:

    DO IT SONY. DO IT. DO IT.

  • andrewia says:

    The worst part is that the Smartwatch 3 is one of the few watches that has NFC.  I bought the Smartwatch 3 because it looked the most "future-proof" thanks to its Wi-Fi radio (which was thankfully enabled) and NFC (which will never be used).  

  • andrewia says:

    I was really hoping the Smartwatch 3 would get an update so we could finally use its NFC coil for Android Pay, but it looks like Broadcom finally stopped updating their ancient processor.  There is some hope for updating the Smartwatch 3 to Wear 2.0 unofficially, and NFC has already been enabled thanks to a clever developer, but a full update will be very difficult to accomplish.  Then again, biktor_gj managed to port Android Wear to the Galaxy Gear 2 and Gear S, so it's definitely doable.  

  • mattjenkins126 says:

    Really disappointed. This is such a great product. Maybe we can install wear 2.0 manually!!

  • newbpwnr says:

    put your money where your mouth is. do not give this company another dime.

  • danholle says:

    Instead of protecting consumer investment, Android Wear is taking the opposite path.  My trust in both was misplaced.  Goodbye, Sony.  Goodbye, Android Wear.

  • Benmelling says:

    looks like I'll be getting a gear s3 this year 

  • Sht311 says:

    This was my first smartwatch thinking it'll be good for a while. I haven't had it long. Not going to bother get another sony anything. Especially if they just don't bother supporting their products. They got all the money they can get out of it now. Now they are gonna make it obsolete so you may get something newer and work this year's bottom line. ...

  • Rickshaw says:

    After being loyal to Sony for many years, this will be my last Sony purchase if the company does not add Android Wear 2.0 support to SW3. They tend to abandon support for legacy (their word) products often, such as when they did not update the Netflix app on my 2010 Sony smart TV.

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