Google has combined its smartwatch operating system with Samsung’s Tizen. The result should be faster and more user-friendly.
At its developer conference Google I / O 2021, Google announced a new version of Wear OS. The smartwatch operating system, known only as “Wear”, was combined with Samsung’s Tizen system for the new version – the two companies worked closely together on this.
The result is a new platform that will probably also be used in Samsung’s own wearables in the future. Among other things, the new Wear OS should be faster and more user-friendly. Apps should start 30% faster, as Google announced at I / O 2021. In addition, the battery life is said to have been improved by optimizing the basis of the operating system.
In the future, all smartwatch manufacturers Wear should be able to add their own user experience. The so-called Unified Platform is also intended to make it easier for programmers to develop apps, as they only have to create one app for an ecosystem.
New shortcuts make system navigation easier
One of the innovations in user guidance is the ability to return to the last app used by double-tapping the button on the smartwatch. It will also be possible to set up and use more tiles in the future. Google Maps and Google Assistant are being redesigned and improved for the smartwatch.
In addition, Wear is to receive numerous functions of Fitbit wearables. Google took over the manufacturer of fitness wearables and is now building functions such as day-to-day health tracking into its own smartwatch operating system.
According to Google, the new Wear version will appear later in 2021. The company has not announced a more precise date.