16 November 2018
Update: October 1, 2018
Google has now announced the rollout of the Wear OS 2.1. Google, however, hasn't detailed how the update will reach but it's recommended to have the latest Wear OS app installed.
A user on Reddit has shared a picture of its smartwatch with the update information on the screen
Busy day? Every minute matters. The new #WearOSbyGoogle design gives you a helping hand when you need it most, convenient access to your notifications, #GoogleFit, and more. Rolling out now: https://t.co/UldqISuWdH pic.twitter.com/dvGlhxQIQg— Wear OS by Google (@WearOSbyGoogle) September 28, 2018
Original Post (August 30, 2018)
Google’s smartwatch OS has been the most neglected one until now. However, Google is finally giving it all the attention it deserves. In its latest announcement, the search engine giant has confirmed a major redesign, adding a wide variety of features and improvements to the WearOS.
The WearOS in its new avatar will get deeper integration of Google assistant, easier to access notifications and fitness data. Overall the re-design will improve a lot of aspects which earlier turned off many users and made Wear OS powered smartwatches a mere extension of Android Smartphones.
In its latest avatar, the Wear OS is designed in such way, that it can keep the user focused in the real world. As per Google, an average user spends just 5 seconds interacting with his or her smartwatch, the new Wear OS is targeted to give maximum information during that limited time period.
The new notification system allows users to swipe up to access multiple messages and reply to the relevant ones there itself. Swiping down on the home screen will now let you access important apps like Google Pay, Find my phone, and other frequently accessed Wear OS apps.
A swipe left on the home screen will let you check your progress towards activity goals or start a new fitness activity. Additionally, the Google assistant will now be able to proactively offer advice and personalized suggestions based on users choices
Google has confirmed that the redesigned Wear OS will be available for any smartwatch running on Android Wear 2.0 or above. The redesigned OS will be rolled out by next month via OTA updates.