1. Which devices can run Wear 3.0?
  2. Best Wear OS smartwatches
  3. Top pick: Samsung Galaxy Watch 5
  4. Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro
  5. Google Pixel Watch 
  6. Montblanc Summit 3
  7. TicWatch Pro 3
  8. Fossil Gen 6
  9. Tag Heuer Connected Calibre E4
  10. Skagen Falster Gen 6
  11. Best smartwatches for Android (non-Wear OS)
  12. Garmin Venu 2
  13. Huawei Watch GT 3
  14. Huawei Watch Fit 2
  15. Amazfit GTR 3 Pro
  16. Amazfit GTR 3 Pro: specs and features

Best smartwatch for Android: Wear OS 3.0 and alternatives

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If you own an Android phone and you're looking for the perfect smartwatch to pair with it, you have a lot of options to pick from.

Google's Wear OS 3 core software update is now running on a growing list of devices - with watches from Samsung and Google being the most notable - and more are still to follow.

Away from Wear OS, though, there are also smartwatches from Garmin, Huawei and Amazfit that all work brilliantly with Android phones.

So, if that's you, there are now plenty of options. And if you need help finding the right one for your wrist, look no further than our list of favorite picks.

Which devices can run Wear 3.0?

  • Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 & Watch 5 Pro
  • Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 & Watch 4 Classic
  • Google Pixel Watch
  • Montblanc Summit 3
  • Fossil Gen 6 
  • Skagen Falster Gen 6
  • Diesel Griffed Gen 6
  • Michael Kors Access 6
  • Razer x Fossil Gen 6
  • TicWatch Pro 3 (upgrade to Wear 3.0 TBC)
  • TicWatch Pro 3 Ultra GPS (upgrade to Wear 3.0 TBC)
  • TicWatch E3 (upgrade to Wear 3.0 TBC)

Which Wear 2.0 devices won't get the upgrade?

There are scores of existing Wear OS devices that won't get the new Wear OS 3.0. Those devices remain on sale, but will only get crucial support for the next couple of years.

This does make them hard to recommend, so that's why we've chosen not to include them in this list.

They still work fine, and won't lose any current features. And if you like the smartwatch and the price fits, it still could be a good choice.

But it's important to know what you won't get. Google seems to be creating a two-tier Play Store, where Wear 3.0 apps are better than Wear 2.0 ones. And many are not compatible with older devices. Even Google's own new Wear 3.0 apps, such as Google Maps, cannot be used with the majority of its Wear OS smartwatches.

So, if you don't want to feel like a second-class smartwatch citizen, it might be best to stay clear of older Wear 2.0 watches, and choose one of the newer devices – or a non-Wear OS watches entirely, which we'll also list below

Best Wear OS smartwatches

When many refer to Android watches, they mean watches that run on Google Wear OS.

In this section below, we'll be highlighting the pick of the new generation - the devices that have or are soon to upgrade to Wear OS 3 (and future software versions).

Top pick: Samsung Galaxy Watch 5

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Samsung Galaxy Watch 5: specs and features

  • Available in 44mm/40mm
  • Up to 40 hours of battery life
  • Run on Wear OS 3.5 with Samsung One UI Watch 3
  • Samsung Pay or Google Pay support
  • Download apps from Google Play Store
  • ECG, PPG, and BIA sensors
  • Built-in GPS/Glonass/Beidou
  • LTE models for all sizes
  • 5ATM water-resistant rating

The Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 remains the best smartwatch for Android users, thanks to the improved Wear OS 3.5.

That said, the changes between it and the Galaxy Watch 4 are so small that this isn't one to rush to upgrade to.

If you're an Android phone owner looking for a smartwatch that behaves like one, it's still a great option, and the bustling app store and comfortable build make it a strong choice.

It works well as a fitness tracker, but we found that accuracy issues and the app experience meant that, at least as a fitness watch, there are better options elsewhere.

The health angle is strong, however, with it featuring both ECG and blood pressure tracking, although you need to validate via a cuff if you want to use the latter.

Battery life also remains a slight issue, even if it's not nearly as poor as the Pixel Watch. We got between 1-2 days in our testing – around the same as the Apple Watch Series 8. If you’re looking for longevity, the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro (below) is a much better choice.

Read our full Galaxy Watch 5 review.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro

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Samsung Galaxy Watch 5: specs and features

  • OS: Wear OS
  • Phone compatibility: Android
  • Case size: 45mm
  • Battery life: 80 hours
  • Water rating: 5ATM
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, LTE
  • Display: Super AMOLED
  • Weight: 46.5g

An all-new addition to the Samsung smartwatch stable, the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro delivers welcome battery improvements, the same core smartwatch features and a shift in design that feels like a step in the right direction.

Samsung has included a 590mAh capacity battery that it says should deliver a typical usage time of up to 80 hours, which is just over 3 days. It also quotes 20 hours of GPS battery life, which was borne out in our testing.

You'll find better sports-tracking support elsewhere, but the ECG and blood pressure tracking make for a decent health-focused smartwatch. It also includes a temperature sensor, although this hasn’t been turned on by Samsung as yet.

All-in-all, the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro is a better smartwatch than the standard version – but it comes at a cost with an inflated $449 / £429 price tag that could put many off.

Read our Galaxy Watch 5 Pro review.

Google Pixel Watch 

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Google Pixel Watch: specs and features

  • Size: 41 x 41 x 12.3mm
  • Display: 1.2-inch AMOLED display; 450 x 450 resolution
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, LTE
  • Weight: 36g
  • Chipset: Exynos 9110
  • Battery life: 24 hours
  • Phone compatibility: Android
  • Storage: 2GB RAM; 32GB internal
  • Water rating: 5ATM 

The first-ever smartwatch from Google is also our first look into what will likely end up being the full-fledged mascot for Wear OS by the time a second or third generation rolls around. 

The debut model, however, is a real mix of highs and lows. Fitbit integration is absolutely superb, and provides a much friendlier place to track and view data (in comparison to Google Fit), while we also think it's one of the best-looking smartwatches on the market. 

It's a little disappointing there's no larger case size, but it really suits men or women with small-to-medium wrists. In fact, given the wide range of bands available already, we think it rivals the Apple Watch for being the easiest smartwatch to dress up for formal occasions and down for exercise.

The real problem the Pixel Watch has is battery life, which is why we still think most people will be better served with one of Samsung's Galaxy Watch 5 models.

Given that you're encouraged to treat this as a round-the-clock device, with Fitbit's best-in-class sleep tracking at the heart of the experience, the 24-hour battery life - which is a very generous estimation, as we found during testing - just isn't enough to power the experience. 

Still, if charging frequently isn't something you think will concern you greatly, this is a clean, classy watch that does a great job of delivering the refreshed Wear OS 3.5 software.

Read our full Google Pixel Watch review.

Montblanc Summit 3

Price when reviewed: $1,290/£1,105 | Montblanc

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Montblanc Summit 3: specs and features

  • Display 1.28" full-circle AMOLED display
  • 416 x 416 resolution
  • Wear OS 3.0 Processor
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 4100+
  • iOS and Android
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 8GB storage

The Montblanc Summit 3 is more than a Wear OS smartwatch with an eye-watering price tag - it’s a Wear OS 3 smartwatch with an eye-watering price tag.

The question of whether you can justify paying $1,290/£1,105 for a smartwatch that runs the same software and boasts the same features as a $300 one has existed ever since Tag Heuer joined the fray in 2015.

That’s a question for individuals, but the Summit 3 is an exquisitely designed Wear OS smartwatch, which offers both leather and silicone straps in the box.

A Qualcomm Snapdragon 4100+ processor runs the show, and Montblanc supplies a surprisingly strong suite of apps for fitness and sports tracking, which expand on the basic experience provided by Wear OS. However, many key metrics are only viewable on the watch itself.

And the company has also excelled at offering a series of watch faces that manage to match the class and style of the exterior.

There are issues here, however. Battery life is around a single day but sometimes expired earlier, which was hugely frustrating. And we experienced some laggy software, which surprised us given the hardware on offer.

There’s no questioning that the Summit 3 is a fantastic-looking smartwatch, but at this price, we expect better performance.

Read our full Montblanc Summit 3 review.

TicWatch Pro 3

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`TicWatch Pro 3: specs and features

  • Works with Android and iOS
  • 47mm case
  • 1.4-inch, 454 x 454 resolution screen
  • Runs on Wear OS
  • Powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 4100 processor
  • NFC for payments
  • GPS, heart rate monitor, SpO2 sensor
  • Speaker and microphone
  • IP68 water resistant (safe for pool swimming)

The TicWatch Pro 3 was the first Wear OS device we’ve seen to run on Qualcomm's Snapdragon Wear 4100 platform, which has since been superseded by its 4100+ platform. Ultimately, though, you're getting the promise of a zippy performance, improved battery life, and something equipped to run Wear OS 3.0.

The TicWatch Pro 3 uses a dual display, with the generous 1.4-inch 454x454 AMOLED overlaid by a basic low-power FSTN monochrome screen that displays the time when you’re not using the watch, saving even more battery.

In terms of health sensors, there are a few onboard. SpO2 means you can spot-check blood oxygen and there’s a warning app for noisy environments.

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Mobvoi has also launched the TicWatch Pro 3 Ultra

There are sports tracking modes, as well, but we did find accuracy issues in running and swimming that Mobvoi has sought to address with software updates. If you’re not focusing on workouts you can ignore this, but, at this price point, there are plenty of comparable smartwatches that can get workouts right.

Mobvoi has also launched the TicWatch Pro 3 Ultra, which essentially gives the Pro 3 a more rugged design and a new Afib detection feature. There's probably a good chance that the health feature will appear on the Pro 3 at some point, too.

If you’re looking for a Wear OS watch with top performance, this is the current technical flagship. However, though both are ready for Wear OS 3, the update hasn't arrived just yet. Expect it to be here before the end of 2022.

Check out our TicWatch Pro 3 review and TicWatch Pro 3 Ultra review.

Fossil Gen 6

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Fossil Gen 6: specs and features

  • Works with Android and iOS
  • 42mm and 44mm case size options
  • 1.28-inch, always-on AMOLED screen
  • Runs on Wear OS – Wear 3.0 in 2022
  • Powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 4100+ processor
  • NFC for payments
  • GPS, heart rate monitor, SpO2 sensor
  • Speaker and microphone
  • 3ATM water-resistant rating (safe for swimming)

The Fossil Gen 6 smartwatch was announced alongside a new generation of Michael Kors Access devices with both now able to access Wear OS 3 and above.

This new version of Wear OS is a big boost for Fossil, bringing new features, better usability, and longer battery life. At some point, as Fossil told Wareable exclusively, this may even include Fitbit integration.

It's equipped with Qualcomm's newest Snapdragon Wear 4100+ platform that keeps performance zippy, but it doesn't quite push battery life beyond a day or two max.

The Gen 6 comes in eight different looks for both men and women, including a new Wellness Edition, covering those who prefer a sportier look or something better suited to formal occasions. There's the option of 44mm and 42mm case sizes, as well, with both featuring stainless steel cases that measure 11.5mm thick.

Both host a 1.28-inch, AMOLED touchscreen display, and like previous Fossil smartwatches, feature a rotating crown and two programmable pusher buttons.

It brings adds a SpO2 sensor to monitor blood oxygen levels.

In terms of battery life, you can still only expect 24 hours, but fast charging means it will only take an hour to full battery. And 30 mins will get you 80%.

It's still a great look like previous Fossil smartwatches and improvements have been made with heart rate and sports tracking. It's now all down to that new Wear upgrade to see how it can make this good smartwatch an even better one.

Read our Fossil Gen 6 review.

Tag Heuer Connected Calibre E4

Price when reviewed: $1,800/£1,500 | Tag Heuer

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Tag Heuer Connected Calibre E4: specs and features

  • Works Android and iOS
  • Google Wear OS
  • 42mm and 45mm case
  • Interchangeable watch straps
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 4100+ processor
  • Speaker and microphone
  • Google Pay
  • Built-in GPS
  • Heart rate monitor
  • Waterproof up to 50 meters in depth
  • Up to 24 hours of battery

The Tag Heuer Connected E4 is the smartwatch choice for anyone that wants the look and feel of a luxury watch and is willing to pay big for it.

The Swiss watchmaker offers its latest watch in 42mm and 45mm case sizes with stainless steel cases and ceramic bezels and the kind of heft that tells you you've got a high-grade watch on your wrist. You do also get the option of metal and gym-friendly silicone straps if you want to keep it on for exercise.

You might want to keep it on for that gym time as Tag goes big on sports tracking with its slick dedicated app and sensors like heart rate and GPS also included. There are new guided workouts available here too, though tracking in general isn't the best we've used.

Wear OS runs the show and with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 4100+ processor powering performance, it should be upgradeable to Wear 3.0. Right now, you've got a mixed software experience with some great Tag watches thrown in for good measure and overall slick performance that feels ready for that new Wear.

You're still getting a day out of the battery with the 45mm version creeping into another day to give you more time. It's an improvement on the last Tag smartwatch, but not a massive one.

If you want a beautiful-looking smartwatch with great watch faces and slick overall performance with the new Wear OS to come, then there's plenty to like about the Calibre E4.

Read our full Tag Heuer Connected Calibre E4 review.

Skagen Falster Gen 6

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Skagen Falster Gen 6: specs and features

  • Works Android and iOS
  • Google Wear OS
  • 41mm case
  • 20mm interchangeable watch straps
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 4100+ processor
  • Speaker and microphone
  • Google Pay
  • Built-in GPS
  • Heart rate monitor
  • Waterproof design
  • Up to 24 hours of battery

Ever since the first Falster smartwatch, the range has been one of the leaders in terms of design. And the Falster Gen 6 is no different. At just 11.5mm thick and powered by the latest Snapdragon Wear 4100+ processor, it's great looking and has the right level of power to be fit for an upgrade to Wear OS 3.

The Falster Gen 6 also boasts microphones and speakers to make calls over Bluetooth and interact with Google Assistant with Amazon Alexa integration on the way. There's a heart rate monitor and pulse oximeter sensor to measure blood oxygen and battery life remains at the 24-hour mark, with the capacity to push it further in a more restrictive battery-saver mode.

It has dropped in size to 41mm but retains its premium case with great-looking strap options to choose from. There's also a smaller 1.2-inch AMOLED screen compared to its predecessor but as a combination, it feels like a great fit for men and women.

The beauty of the Falster is still its slim form factor. There aren't many smartwatches that look and feel so sleek on the wrist.

Not so beautiful is the heart rate sensor, which isn't anywhere near good enough for those keen on workout data or health monitoring. However, the design and strap don't feel like something you want to get sweaty with, so this is well-suited for users looking for form over function.

Read our full Skagen Falster Gen 6 review.

Best smartwatches for Android (non-Wear OS)

If you're not sure that Wear OS is quite what you are looking for in a smartwatch, there are a host of different options you can consider instead that work well with Android smartphones and do it by offering a different software experience to Google's own.

Garmin Venu 2

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Garmin Venu 2: specs and features

  • Works with Android and iOS
  • Runs on Garmin's software
  • 40mm and 45mm models
  • Waterproof up to 50 meters
  • Built-in GPS
  • Built-in music player
  • Garmin Pay
  • SpO2
  • Stress tracking
  • Heart rate monitor
  • 24/7 activity tracking
  • Up to 12 days of battery life

The Venu 2 sees Garmin push on with a sporty smartwatch option that remains the only relatively cheap watch in its collection to host an AMOLED color display.

With the latest Venu, Garmin has made that screen bigger and better, boosting battery life, and offering new features that make it a better fit for people that don't spend their lives on a bike or out running.

Crucially, it's made welcome changes to the interface, which we were critical of on the first Venu, and makes it a much nicer watch to use.

In typical Garmin fashion, it's comfortable tracking runs, rides, and pool swims and also has modes for golf and climbing. Garmin has now added dedicated modes for HIIT-style training, too, and new muscle maps for strength training to make sure you're working on all those key muscle groups.

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The Garmin Venu 2 Plus adds a microphone and speaker to offer smart assistant and call support

You're getting everything Garmin has to offer in smartwatch features including payments, a built-in music player with offline support, and now room for 2,000 songs. There are notifications for Android and iOS users, but still no sign of LTE here.

Battery life comes up a little short against Garmin's claims, though is still good for a week, with the always-on mode getting you an extra day compared to the original Venu. It's also more than what you'll get on Wear OS watches and Samsung watches, which is important to keep in mind.

If you want the Venu model that offers the most smartwatch features, there's the Garmin Venu 2 Plus, as well, which adds a microphone and speaker to allow you to make calls via Bluetooth and access your phone's smart assistant from your wrist.

Those extras on the Venu 2 Plus come at a big premium ($449/£399), so that's why we'd still opt for the Venu 2 unless you want those voice features. We think it's a great option without them with solid smartwatches and sports tracking skills on offer for less money.

Read our Garmin Venu 2 review and our Garmin Venu 2 Plus review

Huawei Watch GT 3

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Huawei Watch GT 3: specs and features

  • 42mm and 46mm sizes
  • Runs on Harmony OS
  • Works with Android and iOS
  • Huawei TrueSeen 5.0 heart rate sensor
  • Dual-Band GNSS positioning for outdoor tracking
  • 100+ workout modes
  • AI running coach
  • Up to 2 weeks battery life
  • 5ATM waterproof rating

The Huawei Watch GT 3 is the successor to the GT 2 that launched in 2019, and sees Huawei's mid-range watch option brought closer to its flagship Huawei Watch 3.

It shares the same Harmony OS, which offers a small selection of apps – and also brings running-specific modes and metrics, a personalized AI running coach with a specific running index score, VO2 Max, and a new Healthy Living feature that reminds you to drink water and other essentials.

It comes in two size options, with bigger screens and improved resolution the headline enhancements are here. The GT 3 inherits the haptic crown from the Watch 3 and uses an upgraded version of Huawei's TruSeen optical heart rate sensor to improve accuracy.

Along with over 100 sports modes, Huawei has added the dual-band five-system GNSS technology it introduced on the Huawei Watch 3 Pro to improve outdoor tracking accuracy. There are basic navigation features here, as well, and new personalized training plans and an AI coach will give it a big appeal to runners.

Battery life lasts for weeks, as opposed to days, which is a great selling point, though it will drop closer to a week in heavy usage. The price has jumped up, too, with the smallest option starting at £209.99 (around $288).

Like other Huawei watches, there there are no details on US pricing or whether this is going to be an easy one to get hold of any time soon. But the Watch GT3 is a powerful smartwatch that takes many of the features of the flagship and a more appealing price – there's a lot to like here.

Read our full Huawei Watch GT 3 review.

Huawei Watch Fit 2

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Huawei Watch Fit 2: specs and features

  • Comes in Active, Elegant, and Classic versions
  • Works with Android and iOS
  • Runs on HarmonyOS
  • AppGallery app store access
  • Built-in GPS
  • View notifications
  • 97 workout modes
  • Running training plans and insights
  • Route import and navigation
  • Up to 10-day battery life
  • Built-in music player
  • Step and sleep tracking
  • Heart rate, skin temperature, and SpO2 monitoring
  • 5ATM water-resistant rating

The Huawei Watch Fit 2 might look like a fitness tracker, but it's every bit a smartwatch and manages to cram in a lot of the big features included in Huawei's GT series models.

It runs on Huawei's Harmony OS platform, which means access to Huawei's AppGallery, though it looks like a scaled-back version of the one on Huawei's bigger watches.

And it still gives you somewhere to view notifications, make calls over Bluetooth, pile music onto it, view weather forecasts, and pick from a rich collection of watch faces. It might be slim, but there's a vibrant, clear AMOLED screen for those features to live in.

Fit features in the device's name, and that's because you get plenty here to track your sporting and exercise pursuits. There's also are over 97 workout modes, including running, swimming, and cycling. Huawei has brought over all of the great training insights and features from its Huawei Watch GT3 and GT Runner watches and even gives you scope to import routes and use basic breadcrumb navigation to explore new areas.

While it doesn't offer the same 14-day battery life as Huawei's pricer watches, it's still fit to last a week even with power-intensive features in use.

It looks great, is packed with features that work well and is priced well below many of the smartwatches on this list. If you don't want to spend big but still want top features, the Watch Fit 2 can certainly deliver on that front.

Read our full Huawei Watch Fit 2 review.

Amazfit GTR 3 Pro

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Amazfit GTR 3 Pro: specs and features

  • Works with Android and iOS
  • 46mm aluminum case
  • 1.45-inch AMOLED screen (with always-on support)
  • Waterproof up to 50 meters
  • Alexa and offline smart voice assistant
  • Download apps and built-in music player
  • View notifications and music controls
  • 24/7 activity tracking/sleep tracking
  • Built-in GPS, optical heart rate monitor, skin temperature sensor
  • Up to 12 days of battery life

The GTR 3 Pro represents Zepp's move to make more full-fledged smartwatches - and that includes packing software that's built to support apps, watch faces, and potentially more in the future.

Like the Amazfit GTR 2 watches, you're getting high-grade materials and a crisp AMOLED always-on screen you'd usually have to pay more for. That stylish design packs in sensors to track heart rate, skin temperature, and blood oxygen and offers the ability to take readings of four metrics in a 45-second measurement.

Zepp OS is a new in-house built operating system that works with Android and iOS and brings more dynamic UI and an app store with future support for developers to build apps and watch faces.

Elsewhere, it's a lot of what we've seen on Amazfit smartwatches before. You can view notifications, and weather forecasts, control music playback, and stream music. There's Amazon Alexa integration, too, along with an offline voice assistant and you can take calls when paired to your phone via Bluetooth.

You're getting 24/7 fitness tracking and sleep monitoring and good enough sports tracking with new PeakBeats training insights offering similar training insights you can get from a Garmin.

Battery life is good for a week, as well, depending on what features you put to regular use. We experienced some software bugginess in places, but, if you like the idea of an attractive smartwatch that offers a good mix of health, fitness, and those core smarts, the Pro does a good job overall.

Read our full Amazfit GTR3 Pro review.


Conor Allison

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Conor moved to Wareable Media Group in 2017, initially covering all the latest developments in smartwatches, fitness trackers, and VR. He made a name for himself writing about trying out translation earbuds on a first date and cycling with a wearable airbag, as well as covering the industry’s latest releases.

Following a stint as Reviews Editor at Pocket-lint, Conor returned to Wareable Media Group in 2022 as Editor-at-Large. Conor has become a wearables expert, and helps people get more from their wearable tech, via Wareable's considerable how-to-based guides. 

He has also contributed to British GQ, Wired, Metro, The Independent, and The Mirror. 


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