Google Reminds Us that Wear OS Still Exists

Yolanda Curtis
August 14, 2020

Google has announced that it would be pushing a new update to its Wear OS used by millions of smartwatches te world over. Now, as part of its #11WeeksOfAndroid announcements, Google has announced a new version of Wear OS that is based on Android 11 and supports Snapdragon Wear 4100. The update will also simplify the pairing process to make it easier to sync with smartphones, it said.

What are your thoughts on Wear OS based on Android 11? New watches from Suunto, OPPO, and Xiaomi, as well as the launch of the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 4100 SoC for wearables, have rekindled interest in Wear OS to a degree. The next Wear OS update will feature CPU core improvements that will improve the app load times by as much as 20 percent. "We are excited by the kinds of wearable experiences that can be enabled in the future", says Google. Unlike Apple's automatic hand-washing timer in watchOS, Google's feature is not hands-free and you have to tap a dedicated tile to trigger it, which sadly makes it less likely that users will actually regularly use it (but you're already singing "Happy Birthday" twice while you're washing your hands anyway, right?). Quite timely in the COVID pandemic times, and health authorities insist that washing hands properly and carefully reduces the chances of catching the Coronavirus significantly. According to 9to5Google, Mobvoi will release the first running watch with this chipset later this year.

As for the new weather app, Google says it will be easier to read on-the-go, with an hourly breakdown of the daily weather to help users plan ahead.

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