Google updates its Wear OS with new features. Wear OS 3.0 is the latest edition of the smartwatch OS by Google. Google develops this new software in collaboration with Samsung. It is one of the biggest updates ever to the platform. There are speculations that it will be available later this year.
It comes with many aesthetic changes along with new functionalities. Technically Wear OS 3 is already available although only on 1 smartwatch. After working with Google on the platform, Samsung has been the exclusive launch partner for Wear OS 3 with the Galaxy Watch 4. The smartwatch has been available since August 2021.
Features of Wear OS 3
Let us run you through a few highlights.
YouTube Music Offline Music Downloads
Google develops a new YouTube Music app. It is a standalone app that doesn’t require you to connect your watch to a smartphone. Those with a Youtube Music Premium subscription will be able to download their favorite tracks for offline listening. Plus, users will get an ad-free access to a library of over 80 million songs. YouTube has integrated a Smart Downloads feature, which refreshes downloads over Wi-Fi when your smartwatch is docked for charging.
Google Maps Offers Turn-By-Turn Navigation
With the latest update, Google Maps now offers turn-by-turn navigation in Drive, Cycling, and Walk modes. Simply share a location from your mobile to the Wear OS smartwatch. You won’t have to take out your handset to find your destination. With sync functionality, you can access your home, work, and other saved locations right on your wrist.
Improved Google Messages App
Google Messages app is good for quickly glancing over your incoming texts. However, if you want to type out a proper reply, there was no option but to whip out the smartphone from your pocket. With the new OS version, Wear 3 smartwatch users can reply to messages right from the tiny screen. The Messages app is smart enough to sync with your phone so that all your text threads are up to date on both devices.
Besides these, Google is refreshing the looks of many of its most popular Tiles. Like the weather, the alarm clock, the handwashing timer, Google News, and Google Calendar to name a few.
Google announces that the update will come to select Wear OS watches from Mobvi and Fossil running the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 4100.
The current smartwatches that will support the Wear OS 3 update include:
TicWatch Pro 3 GPS/LTE
TicWatch Pro 3 Ultra
Fossil Gen 6
Michael Kors Gen 6
Skagen Falster Gen 6
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