We recently witnessed the debut of a slew of wearables from the most disparate brands, including accessories equipped with Wear OS and novelties driven by proprietary systems: the perfect opportunity to take stock of the situation in order to know what the SmartWatch which can be used for reply calls and Message directly from the wrist. And now let's get into it and let's try to clarify, so you can choose the model that best suits your needs!
14 / 10 Update: added a slew of new features such as the new models of the Huawei Watch 3 and Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 series, along with various TicWatches and other interesting wearables. Find all the details directly in the article.
Smartwatch to answer calls and messages directly from your wrist
Let's do some clarity
Let's start from a fixed point that perhaps will interest a lot to fans of Chinese brands: Xiaomi's wearables for the Italian market do not allow you to answer messages and calls. At most you can view notifications and read the contents of SMS e Whatsapp (To messaging and more), but there is no function to answer directly from the wrist. At present the smartwatches that allow you to reply a calls e Message are the ones equipped with Wear OS (Google's operating system for wearables) or Tizen, solution present on Samsung wearables. However, there are also solutions with a proprietary system that allow you to answer calls directly from your wrist, but more on that later.
Smartwatch with microphone
In the case of the smartwatches equipped with microphone - talking about Wear OS and Tizen - it is possible to use this component to answer calls directly from the wearable. In addition to the microphone there is also a speaker. Obviously, the device must be connected to a smartphone, unless it is a wearable with LTE connectivity.
Furthermore, the mere presence of microphone it does not indicate that the terminal is suitable for answering calls. Just think of the last one Xiaomi Mi Watch, which integrates a microphone along the edge of the speaker: in this case it is a solution that will allow interfacing with Alexa (via a later update), but it has nothing to do with being able to answer phone calls right from your wrist.
Taking as an example OPPO watch (reviewed here), to stay on the subject of China, there is both the speaker and the microphone: in this case it is possible to answer calls and messages thanks to Wear OS.
Smartwatch with Wear OS to answer calls and messages
Wear OS is the operating system of Google dedicated to wearables and allows you to respond to Message thanks to the implementation of an integrated virtual keyboard. On the official website of the OS there is a list with various supported smartwatches, which we propose again below.
- OPPO watch
- Huawei Watch 2 (NO GT)
- TicWatch Pro S 2021
- TicWatch Pro 3 GPS
- TicWatch C2
- TicWatch Pro
- TicWatch S&E
- TicWatch S2
- Hublot Big Bang E
- Montblanc Summit 2+
- Montblanc Summit 2
- Montblanc Summit
- Diesel On Fadelite
- Diesel On
- Diesel Full Guard 2.5
- TAG Heuer Connected
- TAG Heuer Connected Modular 41
- TAG Heuer Connected Modular 45
- Skagen Falster 3
- SUUNTO 7
- Motorcycle 360
- Puma Smartwatch
- Casio Pro TREK WSD-F21HR
- Casio Pro TREK WSD-F20
- Casio Protrek WSD F30
- Fossil Sport
- Fossil Q Explorist
- Fossil Q Venture
- Fossil Q Control
- Hugo BOSS Touch
- Misfit Vapor 2
- Misfit Vapor
- Armani Exchange Connected
- Emporio Armani Connected
- Michael Kors Access Runaway
- Louis Vuitton Tambour Horizon
- Polar Unite
- Polar Grit X
- polar M600
- Polar Vangate V2
- LG Watch Style
- Casio G-SQUAD PRO GSW-H1000
- TicWatch E3
- Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 & Watch 4 Classic (Samsung's first WearOS)
- TicWatch Pro X (China only)
- TicWatch Pro 3 Ultra GPS
Obviously, as already highlighted, this is just a selection of wearables equipped with Wear OS: if you are interested in a particular model and want to know more, always take a look at the manufacturer's official website or do a Google search. Also, regarding the possibility of answer calls it will be good to check the presence of speaker e microphone integrated. Microphone wearables can also respond via Message Voice, but at the moment this is a function limited exclusively to the Telegram for Wear OS (here you will find more details).
Huawei and HarmonyOS
In addition to the classic Wear OS, we have recently seen the debut of the proprietary operating system HarmonyOS 2.0 di Huawei, also available for wearables. The first supported models have already been launched and represent a very interesting novelty for the current landscape. Below you will find the devices equipped with the new system of the Chinese giant. Obviously we are talking about terminals equipped with microphone e speaker to reply to calls.
Obviously, in case of news in Huawei sauce we will update the list with the new models.
Amazfit and Zepp OS
2021 marks great news for Huami and its famous series of wearables: this time everything changes thanks to Zepp OS, the proprietary system that promises smoother performance and top autonomy. The first smartwatches equipped with this novelty are the following:
- Amazfit GTS 3 (microphone for Alexa)
- Amazfit GTR 3 (microphone for Alexa)
- Amazfit GTR 3 Pro (microphone and speaker for Alexa and Bluetooth calls)
In case of other additions for Amazfit we will update the list with the new models.
Smartwatch with Tizen
In addition to Wear OS we also have another operating system with integrated virtual keyboard, which allows you to respond to messages directly from the smartwatch display: we are talking about Tizen, OS present on board the wearables of Samsung. Below you will find a selection of the brand's devices.
- Galaxy Watch 3 LTE 45 & 41 mm
- Galaxy Watch 3 Bluetooth 45 & 41 mm
- Galaxy Watch Active 2 Under Armor Edition 40 mm
- Galaxy Watch Active 2 Aluminum / Steel 40 & 44 mm
- Galaxy Watch Active
- Galaxy Watch 46 & 42 mm
We point out that at present Samsung has set aside Tizen in favor of the One UI for Watch based on WearOS (on board the latest models of the 4 series).
Is Apple Watch part of the smartwatches that can answer messages and calls?
If while reading this article you have thought about Cupertino, do not worry because it was not excluded. The wearables series Apple Watch is able to answer Message e calls and offers integrated microphone and speaker. The icing on the cake, it is also able to respond with i voice messages (only on Apple messaging and Telegram, at the time of writing the function is not available with WhatsApp). However, it is good to specify that Cupertino wearables "They don't get along very well" (i.e. they don't work) with Android: you will need to have a iPhone, otherwise it will be necessary to turn away.
The offers of the moment
To conclude, we would like to point out a few Offers su Amazon dedicated to both models with Wear OS and Samsung devices equipped with Tizen; below you will find the purchase links. If you can't see the boxes correctly, try disabling AdBlock.