When Google changed the name of its Android Wear smartwatch operating system to Wear OS, I was angry. Not because the name sucks because Wear OS better reflects the support of the platform for Android and iOS devices. The problem was that the rebranding did not include any new features or updates that improved the functionality of the platform. This meant that the name change was more symbolic than anything else, or at least badly timed time.
However, after testing a preview of the next version of Wear OS on Google I / O 2018, Google seems to be finally turning around its staggering smartwatch system, which has recently been much more successful in the hands of fashion brands like Louis Vuitton or Movado as a traditional tech maker that had largely abandoned Android Wear / Wear OS.
That's because in addition to a sleek new dark-themed user interface, by empowering the Google Assistant in Wear OS, Google has figured out something that Wear OS from the Apple Watch or the Gear S family of Samsung can differ.
In previous versions of Wear OS, you could ask the wizard questions and get an answer, but that's about it. In the new Wear operating system, however, Google Assistant has the ability to make smart suggestions based on your questions. For example, if you ask for the weather, the Wear OS wizard will provide you with an advanced forecast for the next five days.
If you ask the assistant for an upcoming flight, he can show you small buttons on the clock. So you can tap on one to find out about the baggage regulations of an airline, a list of connecting flights and the time of your check-in. And, like the Google Assistant on your phone or a Google-based smart speaker, the Wear OS wizard now has full support for action so you can turn on your robo vacuum, check updates on the exchange, or check the local subway map A different device.
And if you're too busy looking at your wrist, the new Wear OS update also includes a new text-to-speech feature that accepts answers via connected Bluetooth headphones or even on the watch itself It has a built-in speaker.
While Google representatives were reluctant to override any upcoming features included in the latest update (which was now to be introduced to Wear OS Watches) when I spoke with the Wear OS team at Google I / O They also made future improvements to Wear OS Fitness and Health Tracking and Battery Life, which could arrive in the next few months. And with a new development cycle that includes smaller, monthly updates instead of large one-time dumps, along with a rumored LG smartwatch with a smooth circular user interface, the Wear OS trajectory seems to be on the rise.