Wear OS Update: Simultaneously Amazing and Frustrating for Industry Progress
Google has begun rolling out their updated Wear OS software for smartwatches, giving a sneak peek to the widespread complacency afflicting the market.
Before we get excessively critical, let's start with what Wear OS brings to the table. This is Google's third major release since it's 2014 inception. The software promises a host of new features that are simultaneously inherited by the released update and reliant to Qualcomm's Wear 3100 hardware. Meaning a bunch of new swipe options, flashy watch faces, and redesigned apps are making their way to the OS, but your watch won't get a better battery unless you have Qualcomm's new chipset.
For what it's worth, Wear OS feels focused. Swiping left and right now brings up Google Fit or Google Assistant, giving a stronger purpose to the smartwatch as a whole. It has also streamlined the way users interact with notifications and how they respond to texts, offering a more intuitive approach to replying to messages, checking the weather, and seeing your steps. This is done by speeding up Assistant response times and adding easier to navigate menus.