Google’s Wear OS platform is getting an update after a long drought. The smartwatch operating system has been without major updates or new features for over a year. But that is about to change; Google plans to update Wear OS to improve performance, simplify pairing, and add updates for weather and hand washing.
Wear OS has not seen the desired adoption by Google. Unfortunately, Wear OS devices tend to be slow and finicky, and the hardware and operating system are to blame. The good news is that Wear OS will see better processors soon. The best news is that Google says it will update Wear OS to run better.
The company says the upcoming Over The Air (OTA) update will simplify the pairing process and speed up access to information and apps. Between updates and processor improvements, users can expect a 20% speed improvement in application startup time.
But faster speed isn’t the only thing the OTA update will bring. Google is also revamping the weather experience. The new design allows you to see the weather information at a glance. You’ll receive an hourly weather breakdown, important weather alerts, and more.
The latest update also includes a hand washing timer. Tackling the current global pandemic is a multi-step process, and washing your hands long enough is an important step. The new timer should be a little more precise than the vocals Happy Birthday twice.