Google’s Director of Product Management, Wear OS by Google Dennis Troper announced today some updates that will be rolling out to Wear OS, Google’s operating system for smartwatches. According to Troper the new updates are intended to make it quicker and easier for users to get to information using their smartwatch, better capitalize on Google Assistant technology, and provide better support for Google Fit and users who want to use their smartwatch to support their health improvement efforts.
Google’s Troper indicates they have designed a new notification stream for Wear OS. Users will now be able to just swipe up to start going through all of their notifications at once. Perhaps more useful, the stream will not contain smart reply options as appropriate that can be triggered by a single click. If users going the opposite way and swipe down, they should find they have quicker access to tools and features like Google Pay.
Along with the addition of smart replies in line with the notification stream, Google Assistant in general is getting beefed up for Wear OS. Like other devices displaying Google Assistant information, Wear OS users will be able to quickly access the same information and drill down into details with a quick swipe to the right. The Assistant will also do things like make suggestions based on expected weather, warn you of things like traffic delays or even try to convince you to access some feature you may not even know exists.
While most of the Google Assistant features are accessed with a swipe to the right, going to the left will open up access to Google Fit related features. This includes a handy button to quickly launch a new workout. The interface also implements the new Heart Points and Move Minutes measures that Google added to Google Fit in conjunction with the American Heart Association and World Health Organization. Those updates to Google Fit were announced last week.
Troper indicates the update and new features will start to roll-out to end users of the course of the next month to smarwatches running Wear OS. Specific features could vary by phone OS (Android or iOS), watch or country.