Wear OS 3 may be Google’s product, regardless of how people may see it, it’s still a Samsung exclusive version of Google’s wearable OS, where only the Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 4 Classic have it on-device.
Google has suggested that other watchmakers will be able to put Wear OS 3 on their own devices in 2022, however, we only know how good it looks on Samsung’s watches with One UI.
Earlier this week, a Reddit user found out an updated Wear OS 3 build posted by Google and then shared screenshots from it in emulator form. It looked very much like a “stock” experience if you ask me. It was without a heavy skin but could be what we’ll see from companies like Fossil or Mobvoi unless they take Samsung’s OneUI approach.
Since this is still Android 11, we aren’t seeing the wild Android 12 Material You experience that we have seen on Pixel phones. It still comes off very bubbly and round, though, with larger fonts in areas we most definitely are seeing in Android 12. Colors are also very distinct, there are lots of gradients, and you can sort of see where this UI is headed.
This build was apparently built on November 17, so it’s quite new. But keep in mind that it could be months and months and months before a watch uses this and that could (and hopefully does) lead to further improvements and changes. Nothing here strikes me as a big deal.