At the Google I / O event in May 2021, it was announced that Google’s Wear OS would be completely redesigned. This updated operating system, developed in collaboration with Samsung, called Wear OS 3, will only be issued for a handful of smartwatches in the second half of 2022. In anticipation of this update, Google has released a new System Updates screen for the latest smartwatches using Wear OS. It makes it easy for users to identify the Android version and security patch level of their wearables.
Currently, most of the Wear OS updates run mainly through applications from the Google Play Store or Google Play services. However, the update to version 21.42.18 introduces a redesigned interface for “System updates” (Settings> System> Info) on Wear OS smartwatches. Above, users can now see the status “Your watch is up to date”. The previously used blue tick has now been replaced by the version of the installed operating system (Android version) and the security patch level (Android security update).
Prior to this update, the security patch level was found at the very bottom of the Versions list. Also, the schemes of the previous “system version” used letters instead of numbers to indicate their level. The current approach seems more user-friendly than previous versions and lays the groundwork for the upcoming Wear OS 3. Android 11-based Wear According to a report by 9to5Google, OS 3 will be an optional update for most of the newly released smartwatches this year .
Google has partnered with Samsung to bring the best of Wear OS and Tizen together into a single platform called Wear OS 3. The move should take on Apple, the market leader in the smartwatch segment. This updated operating system includes support for third-party tiles and the ability to switch between apps by double-tapping the screen. It sees improvements to the user interface of Google Maps and Google Assistant. Google has also incorporated health and fitness tracking updates from Fitbit into Wear OS 3.
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