Working from home has definitely changed things, big time. It’s now trivially easy to pop out at lunchtime for a run or ride, whereas I wouldn’t have done before. I probably see more runners and cyclists than cars these days.
The first quarter of 2020 proved challenging for the consumer tech sector as lockdowns prompted many to defer their luxury purchases. Except, it seems, in the smartwatch segment, where shipments actually rose year-on-year by double digits. The sector delivered 14.3 million smartwatches globally in Q1 2020, an increase of 12 …
I came here to say the same thing. Since you have already done so, I thought about the other company named there. I didn't know that Garmin made Wear OS watches. From a little searching, it seems they don't either. I found an article (warning for many ads on that page) comparing their model to Google's OS back in 2018, and they were running a custom OS of their own design. I found several of their more modern watches online, and none mention Wear OS in the slightest. If they use it anywhere, they're keeping the secret well enough that several searches failed to turn it up.
I successfully broke my friend's Casio F-91W by playfully mashing the buttons on it while we were snorkelling last year, so they're not always as waterproof as you'd think. Though they are still fantastic watches — I've never needed a watch personally, because I know the time is always "running late".
All I require from a watch:
It tells the time without having to do anything
It is properly waterproof
Has as a sapphire glass so it does not scratch when you look at it
It does not have a battery so is kinetic or solar (aids the previous issue)
Uses the radio clock signal so you don't have to keep adjusting it when DST changes.
A smart watch fails at many of these.......
Yup, as of 11.00 this morning (23 June 2020), my Garmin Forerunner 645 will not sync, my Garmin app on my phone will not display any data even of past runs / jogs as, according to the message, Garmin's servers are currently 'down for maintenance'. A phrase commonly abbreviated to "WTF" springs to mind.
As a user and occasional marathon runner, I was not expecting all my data to be held only on the watch itself and Garmin servers, and not on the actual phone I sync it with.