Google announces new features for Wear OS, including Gmail, Calendar, and more
2 weeks ago
During Google I/O 2023, Google announced the latest update to its Wear OS, Wear OS 4, which will bring several new features to the platform. The update is expected to roll out in the coming months and will include improvements to battery life, a new text-to-speech engine, and cloud backups. One of the most significant additions to Wear OS 4 is the integration of several Google services, including Gmail, Calendar, and Google Home, which will allow users to access these services directly from their smartwatches without using their phones. The update will also bring support for popular third-party apps like WhatsApp and Spotify, providing a better user experience.
With the new update, users will be able to check their schedule in Google Calendar, listen to podcasts on Spotify, and customize watch apps and tiles. Additionally, the update will enable users to respond to emails, browse their inbox, and complete Google Tasks directly from their smartwatches. The new text-to-speech engine is expected to be faster and more accurate, making it easier for users to interact with their smartwatches using voice commands.
Another significant announcement related to Wear OS 4 is the introduction of the Watch Face Format, which is a creative playground for Android developers to create new and unique Wear OS faces and publish them on the Google Play Store.
Although the Wear OS 4 developer preview and emulator launched during Google I/O 2023, but the update won’t be available for consumers until later this year. The transition to Wear OS 4 is expected to be smoother than the switch to Wear OS 3, which was announced two years ago and is still rolling out. With the latest update, Google is hoping to make Wear OS more competitive with other smartwatch operating systems in the market.