A significant update to the user interface of Google’s Wear OS smartwatches is about to be made available. Because of the modifications, access to the Assistant, health, and notifications is now significantly streamlined. There is no coincidence in the timing. As the Internationale Funkausstellung (IFA) in Berlin gets underway, we anticipate hearing a lot about Wear OS wearables.
The company announced a week ago that it will no longer use step count in favour of newer, more health-beneficial measurements. Move Minutes and Heart Points are the names given to a new set of goals that were developed by Google in conjunction with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the American Heart Association (AHA). You simply swipe left to begin an exercise or see what you’ve been doing in relation to these specific goals now that the interface has been redesigned.
The redesigned user interface is, in essence, intended to function in a manner that is quite a little more similar to that of an Android phone. As a result of the addition of a notification stream, you now have the ability to examine many notifications all at once. To see the stream, you need only swipe up. Every single message will include a very small icon, the name of the app, and the time and date. You can then get rid of notifications by swiping them away in a horizontal direction, or you can tap on them to show intelligent responses. When you swipe down from the top of the watch face, additional features and shortcuts will become accessible, such as “Find my phone” and “Google Pay.”
Last but not least, by swiping right on the clock face, you can access the Google Assistant stream. It’s possible that these are recommendations or insightful suggestions, such as monitoring the progress of your flight, reserving a room at a hotel, obtaining recommendations for restaurants, or looking up the current weather. The Assistant was made to take a lot more initiative, and the context input is meant to help users get more out of it.
Keep an eye out for the upgrade as the new features will start trickling out over the course of the next month. According to Google, the change will be implemented in watches that are running Android Wear 2.0 as soon as it becomes available. The Samsung Gear Live, LG G Watch, Sony Smartwatch 3, Moto 350 (2014), and Asus ZenWatch are the only Wear OS smartwatches that will not gain anything from the upgrade (v1).
The only thing that’s left to do now is wait for Google to make their smartwatch, the Pixel, official!