Normally, we attend Google I / O 2021 to learn more about the latest version of Android, maybe some Google Assistant updates, and some new improvements and features for apps like Google Photos. However, this year is slightly different. This year, Google is giving some much-needed love to its smartwatch ecosystem with some awesome new features coming to Wear OS.
If you’re wondering what’s new in it, here are all the new features Google has announced.
There’s a decent amount of stuff to be said about Wear OS this year. Google is working with Samsung, there are design and navigation updates, and more. Let’s take a look at everything that has been announced.
1 – Partnership with Samsung
It’s no secret that Samsung’s Tizen is much better for smartwatches than Google’s Wear OS. And, it seems Google knows that.
In another sign of the growing alliance between Google and Samsung, the two companies announced that they are essentially combining Wear OS – Google’s operating system – and the Tizen software platform that has been the basis of Samsung’s wearables ever since. many years. The resulting platform is currently referred to as “Wear”, but that is not necessarily the final name.
2 – Performance improvement
Thanks to the partnership between Google and Samsung, the new Wear OS will perform much better, which has always been the Achilles heel of the operating system. According to Google, the launch of applications will be 30% faster.
3 – Better battery life
Wear OS also benefits from several optimizations for better battery life – another Achilles heel of Wear OS so far (yes, Wear OS has a lot of weaknesses). Now Google says Wear OS will be able to run heart rate sensors continuously, track sleep, and still have a battery left over for the next day.
According to Google, this result is achieved by using the low-power cores of smartwatch processors to make things more energy efficient.
4 – New navigation system and new user interface
This is not a software update without improvements to the system user interface and some basic navigation features. Wear OS will now have handy new shortcuts to make the experience of using a smartwatch much smoother. This includes a handy new shortcut that will allow users to quickly jump to their latest app. There will also be other similar shortcuts, but Google hasn’t said anything about this. Hopefully, we’ll find out more about all of this soon.
Apart from that, the system user interface has also been overhauled. Google is adding new animations to make things more natural and smoother in Wear OS, including a nifty tile-to-tile animation that changes depending on where you tap on your smartwatch.
Users will also be able to customize their smartwatch’s home screen carousel by supporting third-party apps.
5 – Redesigned Google applications
Google apps on Wear OS are also redesigned. Apps like Google Maps and Google Assistant will have a whole new design. Plus, if you’re a YouTube Music subscriber, you’ll be happy to hear that the app will finally make its way to Wear OS later this year.
6 – Fitbit fitness and health features
Google acquired Fitbit some time ago, and this acquisition is finally paying off. The new Wear OS update will bring Fitbit’s health and fitness expertise to smartwatches in the Google ecosystem. Wear OS will be able to better track your health throughout the day.
Plus, you’ll get goal updates on your wrist, as well as gamified achievements to motivate you to reach your daily fitness goals.
Wear OS is finally improving
All the features announced by Google will begin to be deployed on smartwatches later this year. However, Google has not said anything about the smartwatches that will benefit from the benefits offered by this new update. We know the partnership with Samsung is meant to benefit other watch manufacturers as well, so hopefully, we’ll start seeing these features and updates on Wear OS watches later in the year.