BERLIN – Google will not release its own smartwatch this year, despite months of rumors about the opposite, confirmed the company to Tom's Guide on August 31st. The new Wear OS Proactive Assistant view, as shown on Skagen's new smartwatch, shows relevant information in a moment.
Instead, Google will focus on improving Wear OS and working with smartwatch makers, including Fossil, Casio and others who show new Wear OS watches this week at IFA. 19659004] Speculation about a Pixel Watch that will be Google's version of the ideal Wear OS smartwatch has been over the last few months and many have wondered about Wear OS Upgrade ] at IFA this week was a signal tha
Miles Barr, Google's Wear OS Engineering Director, said Friday in an interview that Google has no plans to release a smartwatch this year.
"Thinking of a one-size-passer-all watch, I do not think we're there yet," said Barr. "Our focus is on our partners for now."
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Google works with companies that allow Wear OS devices to approve design and suggest new features and will continue to do so in the foreseeable future, instead of making their own clock. Why do you see a series of new Android watches with heart rate sensors and NFC chips? Google saw what smartwatch buyers were looking for and notified about using Wear OS devices to add these features.
But the company will not develop its own hardware – at least not yet – because it's not a perfect watch for every person, said Barr. Some watches are aimed at fitness enthusiasts, while others are focused more on design. Few watches nail the combination of the two.
Google has not quite dreamed of a smartwatch that can be all things for all people (or even most to most). But Barr suggested what his ideal Pixel Watch could contain.
"Our Google Pixel phone line is the best experience and Google take on it so I suppose we would focus heavily on
What's next for Wear OS
Google Assistant is at the forefront of the Wear OS software update rolling out to watches next month with a proactive screen showing the information you need for the next day, week or month of how you use Google Assistant and what information Google teaches about the use of the other services. Health and fitness features are a priority for Google for future Wear OS updates.
For example, a flight you're going to take next week will appear in the proactive look, available by sweeping right on the dial. Google can learn about that plane from a trip confirmation in Gmail. The company is focused on making that experience even better, as well as adding useful training features, such as glossy training rings, so you can see your progress progress for the day, automatic training tracking and new ways to measure your training, over the 10,000 MORE: The 37 Best Things That Google Assistant Can Do
Google is fixing many of the issues I've had with Wear OS watches with the proactive look and easy-to-use training features that Just a bug in the software update, which will soon roll out. But the biggest issue is performance: Many Android watches are built around a 2-year processor that often stores when accessing information or opening an app.
The Wear OS update works to fix performance issues with quick screens, so you does not need to dig into the app menu to open Google Fit, for example. Now it's just a sweep away.
The next major project for Google is to improve smartwatch battery life. Another software upgrade early next year will address it, "says Barr, using many of the same strategies. Google is committed to optimizing battery life for Android phones.
"Sleep mode, like on Android, will turn on things when the clock is less active when you interact with it less," says Barr. "The most extreme example is when I take it off and it is streaming down the radio and such things as lowering power consumption. Turns off the screen As in Android, [we’re]machine learning uses to optimize when running different processes to minimize power consumption. "
Not seen the functional update Wear OS 3.0, though.
" We want to move away from version numbers, "says Barr. "Version numbers led us to a trap where we can only update once a year. The Wear OS experience is under development, and this is the start of that development. We will continue to roll out improvements on a regular basis so users are not pretty up waiting. "