Both Googles acquisition of Fossils smartwatch tech in 2019 and its plans to get Fitbit in 2020, reignited the hope that it would likewise get a renewed interest in wearables as a principle. The process of absorbing Fitbit in specific was drawn out for the health information privacy concerns that included it, but the offer was ultimately approved in 2021.
In the meantime, Googles other wearable partners kept the platform on life assistance. Fossils watches– like the 2019 Gen 5 and 2021 Gen 5 LTE– were often limited by the subpar efficiency of Qualcomms smartwatch processors. Mobvoi took a different technique with its 2021 TicWatch Pro 3, by skinning Wear OS, layering in an additional display screen, and filling the watch with a suite of customized apps, however still encountered some inherently Wear OS-type concerns.
Back to the hope on the horizon: Google is teasing a brand-new Wear OS version, and there are rumors of some hardware to back that up– Samsung is reportedly dropping its Tizen OS in exchange for utilizing Googles software application on its next smartwatches. With a huge effective new partner, a wearable group of its own, and the possibility of Android 12s reported new visual style concerning Wear OS, it suddenly seems like Google may have a strategy for your wrist. Well need to watch today to see how appealing that plan actually is.
A brand-new tweet from the official Wear OS Twitter account is teasing an update tomorrow at I/O 2021 to Googles regularly forgotten smartwatch operating system. Google has even suggested that the developer conference will include an entirely brand-new version of Wear OS on the I/O Adventure page, the “virtual sandbox” for attempting the items Google will reveal at the conference, 9to5Google writes.
Use OS has actually been on a bumpy and long journey up until this point– with brand-new functions, but not the dramatic reconsidering of the platform that it might need. In the in 2015, Google has included a brand-new keyboard, assistance for third-party Tiles (Wear OSs response to glanceable widget-like information), and enhancements to efficiency. But the last major design change to Wear OS– aside from the addition of Tiles– was available in 2018. Googles tease is a welcome indication of life.