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Google’s Wear OS Receives Major Revamp on Eve of Rumored Pixel Watch

by Brandon Russell | August 29, 2018August 29, 2018 2:30 pm PDT

Google has yet to introduce its long-rumored Pixel Watch, but that day might finally happen. The search giant introduced an update to Wear OS on Wednesday that will make the software much more proactive, among other new features.

More importantly, it would go well with a brand new watch from Google, should one exist.

The revamped software experience is highlighted by a slew of new swipe gestures. For example, a swipe up will reveal a user’s notifications, while swiping left will present users with Google Fit’s new fitness-tracking rings. Additionally,  a swipe down will bring up the Quick Settings menu.

Another big piece of the update has to do with Google Assistant’s ability to act proactively.

“Let’s say you’re headed to the airport—swipe right on your watch to see your flight status or hotel reservations,” Google said in a blog post today. “Tap smart suggestions like the weather at your destination or find a restaurant near your hotel. When you’re getting ready for the day, your Google Assistant will help you stay ahead by reminding you to bring an umbrella, showing you your day’s meetings, or warning you if there is a delay on your commute. The Google Assistant 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.”

Google Fit is also getting prominent screen real estate as Google further emphasizes health features. When a user swipes left, they’ll see the new Google Fit interface, which shows heart points and move minutes. According to Google, it worked with the American Heart Association and the World Health Organization to design the new goals.

The new Wear OS update should be available to Android fans over the next month, according to Google. Considering Google supposedly has an event planned for October 9, where it’s expected to unveil the Pixel 3 alongside its rumored Pixel smartwatch.

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Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...

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