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  1. Feanor

    Feanor Jun 6, 2021

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    Google announced a big update for the Wear OS platform for later this year. Questions were immediately raised about compatibility of the new OS version with older hardware (i.e. the Qualcomm Snapdragon 3100 processor that powers the Connected 2020).
    Now Fossil announced that indeed all current Fossil smartwatches (also largely powered by the 3100) WILL NOT be updated to the next version of Wear OS:
    https://9to5google.com/2021/06/05/fossil-gen-6-wear-os/
    Fossil does not specify whether they made this decision based on incompatibility between the new Wear OS and the 3100 or because they didn't want to dedicate resources to the update, but things definitely don't look good for our TAG Heuer Connected watches either. I was always afraid that this day might come, since TAG Heuer decided to launch their latest smartwatch with a processor that was technologically obsolete since it was first launched. It's 28nm fabrication process was state of the art back in 2013...
     
  2. binlo

    binlo Jun 6, 2021

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    Perhaps this all makes sense now, timing wise, that Tag has started the trade-in offer to entice people into getting rid of these Gen 3 watches as this may now cause their sales to slow down? :(
     
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  3. neowatch

    neowatch Jun 6, 2021

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    My sentiments exactly method in their madness , though they are not giving them away.
     
  4. neowatch

    neowatch Jun 6, 2021

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    I really think that Tag could stop making smart watches at the end of gen 3. They cannot justify the expense on such low volume of sales. The gen 2 was the star , they could have continued with the line updating just the head to a new standard every few years. Even creating new lugs to maybe go with a square watch. The project had amazing potential to expand. Imagine a Monaco mechanical head for example
     
  5. binlo

    binlo Jun 6, 2021

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    Yeah totally agree, however if this is true regarding trying to off load the stock by enticing customers to the trade-in, then I think watch this space and prices should tumble down … it will depend on how successful the trade-in is for them to shift the stock! ;)
     
  6. Anthony.R

    Anthony.R Jun 6, 2021

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    But the trade in is for the Gen 2 to entice people to buy a Gen 3.
     
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  7. binlo

    binlo Jun 6, 2021

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    Yes exactly that, so this away they are enticing people to buy the Gen 3 to get rid of their dead stock once the new Google Wear OS is released and Gen 3 cannot be updated to that.
     
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  8. Feanor

    Feanor Jun 6, 2021

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    I wonder why TAG Heuer thought it was a good strategy to release a Snapdragon Wear 3100 smartwatch just three months before the Snapdragon Wear 4100 and 4100+ were released. Wouldn't it make sense to delay the release of the Connected 2020 for about six months and incorporate the latest SoC? Didn't they know that the 4100 was on its way? Probably they thought that their clients don't care much about such tech specifics.
     
  9. binlo

    binlo Jun 6, 2021

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    My thinking is the modular path is now gone to good, they will stick with this design and therefore introduce a new watch head to replace the 3rd gen device with the new Snapdragon 4100+ SoC , but will market in such a way that they will say that all your accessories etc will be fully compatible with the 4th gen version. They may even sell the watch head head on its own this time. :D
     
  10. Feanor

    Feanor Jun 6, 2021

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    I'm sure that they will not sell the watch head on its own, because what remains is the strap, which is by comparison too cheap to not have it included. If they make a Connected 4 with compatible straps from the Connected 2020 gen., this is the best we can wish for, for the moment.
    However, irrespective of whether they will update the Connected 2020 to the latest Wear OS, I hope that they will not exit the market, because this will reinforce the split between tech-only smartwatches like the Apple Watch, without any real watch craftsmanship, and analogue watches. I like the fusion of values the TAG Heuer Connected represents.
     
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  11. Feanor

    Feanor Jun 17, 2021

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    New info by Qualcomm says that in the end the Snapdragon 3100 inside the Connected 2020 is actually capable of running the upcoming version of Wear OS.
    https://9to5google.com/2021/06/17/qualcomm-snapdragon-3100-wear-os-capable/
    So, Great news! ...ooooor maybe not really, as Qualcomm weirdly proceeds that they are actively working on implementation of the new version only for the newer 4100 family of processors. And Google reiterates that nothing is certain yet.
    The whole thing doesn't sound good at all for the future of our TAG Heuer Connected, but it seems that they try to hide the bad news from potential customers of the current crop of 3100-powered Wear OS watches.
     
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  12. riseagainst

    riseagainst Jun 17, 2021

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    They need to release mechanical modules.
     
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  13. Feanor

    Feanor Jun 18, 2021

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    Today's new nail in the coffin of software support for the Connected; with the next Wear OS update, Google is apparently transitioning to a 64bit architecture, whereas the Snapdragon 3100 of the Connected is a 32bit SoC.
    I don't even know if there is any possibility to squeeze a 64bit OS onto a 32bit SoC but I'm afraid that this would slow down the system so much that you'd wish to not get the update. What is worse than losing access to updates is receiving bad updates that botch your device.
     
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  14. VCoupe376ci

    VCoupe376ci Jun 20, 2021

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    If Google is transitioning to a 64 bit architecture, the Connected 2020 will not be capable of running the new OS. You can install a 32 bit OS on a 64 bit machine but cannot install a 64 bit OS on a 32 bit machine. The processor cannot natively support it.

    The exception to this is in a virtual environment (zero relevance to this) where a 32 bit host can have 64 bit VMs, however emulation that is highly inefficient must be utilized.

    If Google is truly moving to a native 64 bit architecture and dropping 32 bit support, this will be the end of the road for software updates at least as far as major revisions are concerned and our $2000 smartwatches are theoretically being made obsolete after a little more than a year after release.

    Qualcomm’s statement that the 3100 is “capable” is confusing considering what Google has said. It seems like all the info and statements by watch manufacturers are vague or nonexistent (except Fossil). These watches cost a fortune by smart wearable standards and if the watch will stop receiving major software revisions after only one year this will be my last Connected device even though this is theoretically outside of Tag’s control.
     
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  15. Feanor

    Feanor Jun 20, 2021

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    Then this is really it, because I don't know any modern OS with 32 bit architecture anymore. Normal Android transitioned to 64bit long ago. I guess the contradictory statements are just PR talk employed to save some sales of the current crop of Wear OS watches.
     
  16. Feanor

    Feanor Jul 22, 2021

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    So it's official; no Wear OS 3 update for the TAG Heuer Connected.
    https://9to5google.com/2021/07/22/wear-os-3-update/

    At least it seems that we will continue getting some form of updates (I guess these components that come with the Wear app through the Play Store).
     
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  17. Hubert

    Hubert Jul 22, 2021

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    ^ right.

    https://support.google.com/wearos/thread/118166873/what-wear-os-3-means-for-you?hl=en
     
  18. clarkey12

    clarkey12 Jul 23, 2021

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    I have just ordered a TAG connected but I’m wondering what the lifespan would be with the OS change? Should I keep it or wait for a newer version?
     
  19. Feanor

    Feanor Jul 23, 2021

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    This depends entirely on your priorities; the news is that the TAG Heuer Connected will not receive any real OS-level update from now on. However the fact that Google Wear has two components (one on OS level and one on Wear app level) means that the watch may still receive a few features in the future (like e.g. the new Play Store, hopefully an expansion of Google Pay to more territories etc.). Definitely the watch will not stop working because of lack of updates. So, if you like the watch as it is, then pull the trigger and enjoy. If, on the other hand, you expect from your smart device to be regularly updated, then wait for the next Connected (if it ever happens).
     
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  20. clarkey12

    clarkey12 Jul 23, 2021

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    If the watch has a lifespan of approx 5 years I will be happy.
     
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