Wear OS Fall Update to Add New Weather App, Improved Performance

Joanna Estrada
August 14, 2020

As part of its "Android Beyond Phones" initiative that seeks to highlight its non-smartphone IoT platforms like Android Auto and Android TV, Google has announced that an upcoming Wear OS update in the fall will focus on fundamentals like performance and power.

Google is not explicitly announcing "Wear OS on Android 11" on their blog post, but they do mention that several Android 11 features will be arriving on Wear OS. In response to COVID-19, a new handwashing timer has been built into the user interface to help ensure users practice good hygiene.

Google has detailed the big improvements coming to Wear OS for Android smartwatches in the future.

Further, the tech giant promises a handsome new weather experience for Wear OS which aims to be easier to read while on the go.

While we're still waiting for Google to release its own watch, the company today noted that a number of new watch OEMs have recently signed on Wear OS, including Oppo, Suunto and Xiaomi. Google said the app will serve up hourly forecasts and weather alerts you can read at a glance. The update will also simplify the pairing process to make it easier to sync with smartphones, it said.

The Wear OS watches are also adding a new hand washing timer that will detect when you are washing your hands and put a helpful countdown timer on your wrist to let you know if you have washed your hands for 30 seconds or not.

In order to make it easier for developers to make wearable apps, Google will also be making improvements to Android Studio, Kotlin, and Jetpack libraries.

The Wear OS team notes that it also plans to bring "the best of Android 11" to wearables.

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