Before this year, Wear OS was in pretty desperate need of a shakeup. The platform’s software development had grown so languid, it was almost a running joke among techy types. In May, Google announced it was partnering with Samsung to finally do something about it. Then, this summer, we got the first fruits of that joint labor: the Samsung Galaxy Watch4 and Galaxy Watch4 Classic. They’re both really good. In fact, together they win our Editors’ Choice award for our 2021 smartwatches of the year.
Google said its Wear OS 3, built together with Samsung, is meant to combine “the