Mobvoi adds premium sleep tracking – but users ask where is Wear OS 3?

Mobvoi has added some new sleep-tracking smarts for its smartwatch clan – with advanced insights added for subscribers.

The new features will cost $4.99 a month and seem to add something comparable to Fitbit Premium. It will be available for its TicWatch Wear OS devices, as well as the likes of the TicWatch GTH range, which runs on a proprietary OS.

Mobvoi calls it “upgraded sleep tracking and analysis,” which also includes access to sleep songs – designed to help you drift off to sleep.

You also get AI Insights, including analysis of Sleep Stages, recommendations on how to increase each stage, and reminders about when to head to bed for optimal rest.

You can also get an overview of weekly and monthly sleep patterns and performance  – and key health metrics such as resting heart rate and blood oxygen during sleep.

Given the simplicity of the Wear OS native sleep tracking, it makes sense for Mobvoi to offer something more advanced. As we saw during the years when Apple omitted sleep tracking from its smartwatches, people will gladly turn to third-party apps – many with subscriptions.

But $4.99 does seem steep. Fitbit Premium is $7.99, and undeniably offers a whole lot more. Mobvoi is offering a $2.99 early-bird offer, which seems like a more reasonable price.

However, a lot of the immediate reaction online seems like surprise that Mobvoi has rolled out a feature that charges users for some quite central data, when its promised Wear 3.0 updates are still MIA.

The company announced back in 2020 that the TicWatch 3 and E3 (remember that?) – plus all newer devices including TicWatch 3 Ultra, would get Google’s newest software. Those improvements are still no-where to be seen.

James Stables

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James is the co-founder of Wareable, and he has been a technology journalist for 15 years.

He started his career at Future Publishing, James became the features editor of T3 Magazine and T3.com and was a regular contributor to TechRadar – before leaving Future Publishing to found Wareable in 2014.

James has been at the helm of Wareable since 2014 and has become one of the leading experts in wearable technologies globally. He has reviewed, tested, and covered pretty much every wearable on the market, and is passionate about the evolving industry, and wearables helping people achieve healthier and happier lives.

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