Google is teased to unveil a “brand new Wear version” at its I/O 2021 conference later on Tuesday. This could be a reference to a new version of Wear OS – the company’s operating system for wearables including smartwatches. Wear OS has recently received new offerings including an updated Gboard app with support for multiple languages. It is also rumored to be part of Samsung’s next smartwatch. Meanwhile, Google enhances Wear OS with a new set of features to take on Apple’s watchOS.
as initially reported By 9to5Google, Google suggests new remedies for Wear OS via an update Android and Google Play section on its I/O website. It says, “Let’s check out the latest beta for Android 12, the Jetpack Compose update, a brand new Wear version, and more!”
The description on the webpage definitely points to the updated Wear OS. However, it’s unclear whether Google is suggesting a new interface-level update or changes to the components that make up the wearable platform. However, the ultimate aim would be to take over the watchOS available on the Apple Watch lineup.
In March, Google introduced Jetpack Tiles library in alpha to allow third parties to create custom tiles for Wear OS. This update could be a part of the announcement. Similarly, Google may provide details about Android 11 for Wear OS that was announced last year. A fix for “Hey Google” detection may also be a part of the updated operating system.
That said, the official Wear OS by Google account on Twitter has invited people to visit the main Google I/O 2021 keynote on Tuesday at 10 a.m. PT (10:30 p.m. IST) to see if Wear What’s new on OS.
In recent days, a report suggested that Google is manufacturing its own Pixel Watch – a few renders have surfaced on the web in the past month. The updated Wear OS could be specifically designed to offer a different experience on proprietary hardware later this year. However, the Pixel Watch itself may not be a part of the I/O announcements as it is rumored to launch in October.
Google may announce Samsung’s return to the Wear OS ecosystem as seen on its Galaxy Watch 4. There is also a South Korean company Rumor To use your custom One UI on top of Wear OS to provide some difference over the stock experience.