Wear OS will get the next major update this fall, and while it’s not as flashy as the upcoming Android 11, it’s proof that Google has yet to give up its wearable operating system entirely. The new update promises to bring a number of new enhancements to the platform, including speed improvements, easier pairing, and a new weather app.
The biggest change is the promise of CPU improvements, which Google says will provide up to 20% faster app launch times. Since Google is also adding support for the upcoming Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 4100 and 4100 Plus chipsets, this combination will provide a much faster experience for future Wear OS devices.
Google also promises updated UI elements that will provide “more intuitive controls for managing different watch modes and exercises,”; and a simpler process for pairing Wear watches. The OS with your phone, though it hasn’t shown what either feature will be like yet.
Finally, Google is promising a new weather app, coming to Wear OS “later this year”. It is designed to be easier to read at a glance and provides hourly forecasts and weather alerts.