Wear OS 3.0 and compatible smartwatches are just around the corner. Google is working on improving the existing platform and is working on bringing a number of updates and improvements to the platform.
The latest addition allows you to install applications from your phone’s Google Play Store, which makes it a lot easier to find, filter, and download new applications and watch faces onto your smartwatch. The Play Store now has an improved search function and adds “Watch” or “Watch Faces” to narrow down the number of results you can get when searching for new surfaces.
That’s not the only change in smartwatches, the Google Play Store is also getting a brand new Material You redesign that features a new user interface with new colors, layout, and more. These changes are already rolling out to more devices, but as always, these changes are phased so it may take a while for the new changes to be received and displayed.
In addition, a new way of shopping will come on the platform. The Play Store now reliably prompts you to open the purchase page on the Android smartphone or to open the URL in a web browser. This should provide a smoother experience and an easier way to complete a payment transaction.
According to Google, the following updates will be rolled out on both Android smartphones and Wear OS smartwatches in the Google Play Store in the coming weeks. In addition, the update will only arrive in Wear OS by Google version 2.x and higher. So make sure your device is supported before checking for updates.
We’ll likely hear a lot more about the new Wear OS platform, and Google will likely roll out a few more updates as we get closer to the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 series as well as the leaked Google Pixel smartwatch, according to rumors it should to be released in October together with the Pixel 6 series.
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