Back in March, Google officially re-branded its Android Wear platform as “Wear OS by Google” which was launched at the Basel world watch show in Switzerland. Google also promised to add new features and improvements to the platform over the coming weeks and months.
In an attempt to keep up with the vow made, Google announced a refreshed WearOS with simpler gestures, a more proactive Google Assistant and easier activity tracking. And now, as promised, the update is finally made available and it’s now rolling now, although this was done towards the end of September this year.
Based on the latest report from Android Police, Google has started rolling out the update, called WearOS 2.1, bringing a complete redesign for the platform. The updated WearOS makes everything more accessible to the user by introducing a ton of quality-of-life improvement. The tech giant also shared a short video via Twitter, underlining some of the major changes coming to the platform.
Busy day? Every minute matters. The new #WearOSbyGoogle design gives you a helping hand when you need it most, convenient access to your notifications, #GoogleFit, and more. Rolling out now: https://t.co/UldqISuWdH pic.twitter.com/dvGlhxQIQg
— Wear OS by Google (@WearOSbyGoogle) September 28, 2018
Key Changes Made On The Platform
- With WearOS 2.1, notifications will no longer take up the entire screen,
- Swiping left on the main screen will take users to the Google Assistant
- Swiping right from the home screen will display health related data.
- The quick settings panel on WearOS 2.1 has also been improved and now include new shortcuts for Google Pay and Find My Phone to make these features more accessible.
Currently, only a few people have received the update along with the redesigned interface. Google now claims that the update should reach all supported devices over the next month, so there’s no need to panic in case you haven’t received the update yet.
Watches Qualified To Get The New Update
Google has also clarified than any watch that received Android Wear 2.0 should receive the WearOS 2.1 update, which means that the update should roll out to all devices except for a few first generation Android smartwatches.