Wear OS 3.0 is the most recent version of the wearable operating system, and it is one of the most significant changes to the platform to date.
Wear OS (previously Android Wear) has been a vexing platform to work with. It’s open for smartwatch makers to utilize on their devices, but it hasn’t progressed as quickly as competitors.
However, things are changing now. Google and Samsung have teamed up to create a new Wear OS, with Google-owned Fitbit handling the platform’s health and fitness experience.
The Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 with Wear OS 3.0 is currently available, and we gave it a glowing rating in our in-depth review. Because of the increasing interest in Wear OS, developers are putting their all into creating amazing new apps for the platform. Things are finally starting to turn around.
Other watches, on the other hand, aren’t expected to get the new OS until 2022, which is irritating. And there are still doubts about how well it will work.
Here’s all you need to know about Wear 3.0, as well as a preview of what we may expect.
Wear OS 3.0 Updated Version
- Wear OS is getting its greatest update ever.
- The first is Unified OS, which combines Wear OS and Tizen to merge Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 and Classic.
- Smartwatches with Wear 3.0
- In 2022, certain existing Wear smartwatches will be upgraded.
- Battery life is extended (2 days) in addition to a new app switching feature
- Wear OS now has new and updated apps.
Wear OS 3.0 New Features
Google presented insights during its I/O developer conference, and in addition to the main keynote, provided additional information in developer sessions to give us a better idea of what to expect. The video above gives you a closer look, but here are some highlights:
Improvements in performance
The combined Wear OS/Tizen (we assume Wear OS will get the lion’s share) will deliver a 30% performance gain, better animations and UI, and faster app loading times.
There’s also better battery life, though no definite specifics on how long it will last — it appears to be two days at most. Google, on the other hand, provided the example of “handy enhancements like the ability to run the heart rate sensor constantly during the day, track your sleep overnight, and still have the battery for the next day.” We warned you to keep your excitement in check.
Switching between apps
Quick app switching is also one of the new Wear capabilities announced, with a double touch of one of the actual watch buttons allowing you to move between apps. Apps that aren’t in use can continue to run in the background, allowing you to switch between them. The most recent apps will also be displayed at the top of the new app launcher.
More Tiles from third parties
Google has already started for the platform that it would open up the API for its Tiles widgets, allowing for more bespoke tiles to function on all new Wear devices.
Calm, Hole 19, Adidas Running, and others showed above have already verified that Google has been working on third-party tiles.
Samsung is behind the invention of watch faces
One of the elements carried over from Samsung’s smartwatch platform that will help users is the ability for designers to develop watch faces for Wear smartwatches, according to Google. Fitbit’s Bitmoji watch faces, which are also scheduled to be integrated into the new Wear experience, will have an impact here.
Services in the Health field
Along with Fitbit’s position in Wear, which we’ll discuss below, Google also unveiled a new Health services platform to allow developers to create easy health and fitness apps for Wear.
This feature of the new Wear was developed in collaboration with Samsung. The creation of new apps that use onboard sensors like heart rate monitors while preserving battery life is a major priority.
Fitbit will Track your Fitness with Wear OS 3.0
Fitbit, which was acquired by Google, will enable the fitness monitoring experience on the new Wear OS, according to James Park, the company’s CEO. He mentioned “health progress tracking and on-wrist celebrations for motivation,” which leads us to believe the experience will be straightforward initially.
Google has provided a sneak peek at what to expect, and it appears to be highly influenced by the UI found on Fitbit’s Versa and Sense smartwatches. As a result, you’ll be able to see a summary of your day, complete with heart rate statistics and Active Zone Minutes.
Fitbit will produce “health watches based on Wear leveraging Google’s ambient computing capabilities,” according to Park, implying that Wear OS Fitbits will be available in the coming year.
There was also news of redesigned Wear OS apps, which was reportedly the driving force behind Samsung’s decision to rejoin Google’s Wear OS initiative.
Wear OS 3.0 Operate With Multiple Apps
Strava, Adidas Running, MyFitnessPal, and Facer are just a few of the “rebuilt applications” that will be available. There will also be a new Spotify app, which will contain the offline playlist synchronization feature that was recently added to the Apple Watch Spotify app.
Check out our complete list of the greatest Wear 3.0 apps.
- Music on YouTube
- Sleep Cycle
- Google Maps
Google is also working to improve its key programs, such as Google Maps, which will be available on watches later in 2021 and will allow you to travel without using your phone. Google Pay is also getting better, with support for 26 more countries and the ability to pay for transit on US metro systems.
Google’s new Strava app for Wear OS 3.0 is now available.
It also plans to overhaul Google Assistant (which is long overdue), as well as bring offline synchronization to YouTube Music and Spotify.
It will not only provide us with additional apps, but it will also provide us with a new way to install them. You will soon be able to download and install apps directly from the Google Play Store phone app, according to Google. It’s also making it easier to find those apps on the App Store, which is now a difficult task.