Yesterday, Strava made the announcement on its support sites that, beginning this month, it would no longer provide support for the Wear OS app for devices that are running Wear 2. XX. The software for Wear OS 3.0 devices will be the primary focus from this point forward.
This does not imply that the functionality of your app will be disrupted if you have a watch that runs Wear OS 2. x. The only thing that is ending is the support. It is anticipated that you will be able to proceed with the usage of the program in the same way that you have in the past. The application may still be found on the Google Play store, despite the fact that it is very unlikely to have many upgrades in the years to come.
The statement comes as a bit of a surprise given that the Samsung Galaxy 4 watch is the only watch available at this time that is capable of running Wear OS 3.0. It is true that we anticipate more devices to be compatible with the new operating system that Google has developed, but we do not see this happening until far into next year. The exact phrase that Google uses is “middle to the latter half of 2022.”
It has been verified by the search giant that Fossil Gen 6 watches, as well as Mobvoi’s TicWatch Pro 3 GPS, TicWatch Pro 3 Cellular/LTE, TicWatch E3, and subsequent TicWatch devices, will be compatible with Wear OS 3.0. However, they are considered “qualified devices.” In the end, it will be up to the makers to determine whether or not to make it possible for these watches to operate with the more recent version of the operating system.
The Wear OS 3.0 app receives some further coverage on the Strava support website, which also includes some other information. However, they are similar to the software that is now being used. You are still able to use the app to monitor a variety of activities such as jogging, cycling, walking, hiking, hiking with an electronic bicycle, and Nordic skiing.
In addition, support has been added for Beacon, which should reassure your loved ones that they are able to monitor your activities in real-time. The information on the location is updated every 15 seconds. A live connection must be established between the device and your phone in order for Wear OS 3.0 devices that do not have LTE capabilities to be able to transmit the Beacon message.
It is likely that Strava will send you a notice of termination for your Wear OS 2. XX-based watch in the near future, so you shouldn’t be shocked if this happens. The decision to stop providing help seems to have been made too soon and is likely to aggravate the situation for already-satisfied clients.