Wear OS Gets Easier Access to Notifications, Google Assistant and More
WearOS(formerly known as Android Wear) got another shot in the arm (geddit? geddit?) today. Although Android-based wearables have a long way to go, the recent rebranding to WearOS and Google Fit redesign just might have what it takes to turn the otherwise dying platform around. Today, Google unveiled a redesign focused on providing quicker access to Assistant and health, while notifications have again been revamped.
Google is making it easier to browse, dismiss or take action on notifications with the new notification stream. All you need to do is swipe up to see all your notifications at once. WearOS also gets support for Smart Replies, allowing you to reply to messages instantaneously. Swipe down on your watch to get quicker access to handy features and shortcuts like aeroplane mode, ringing your phone, battery saver, Google Pay (on supported devices), Do-not-disturb, and theatre mode
Now, you can now receive proactive and personalized help from your Google Assistant, by swiping right on your watch. You’ll receive smart suggestions like the weather and the works as well. Google Assistant will also help you by telling you about the weather, showing you your day’s meetings, or warning you if there is a delay on your commute. It will also suggest features you may not have tried yet and will become more helpful over time as it gets to know you and as we add new features.
Lastly, you can swipe left on the watch to start a workout and keep a track of your goals and the likes. This major redesign is rolling out as part of a Wear OS update, with watches receiving the new features over the next month. Google notes that some functionality will vary by phone OS, watch, or country.