The Wear OS or formerly called as Android Wear has been a bit of trouble since the 2.0 update. Aside from its delay, it was also a hassle and filled with bugs. Earlier this month, Google has announced a complete redesign for Wear OS which is the 2.1 update. With this update, Google is aiming to implement new experience into its wearable platform.
The new Wear OS 2.1 update with a redesigned interface and improved Google Assistant capability is now rolling out. The update was set to be available on almost all watches that received the Android Wear 2.0, starting today in the form of OTA.
Aside from its improved Google Assistant support, the latest Wear OS 2.1 update has an enhanced Google Fit integration offering the activity goals similar to Activity rings popular in Apple Watches. The interface of the Wear OS 2.1 is inspired by the look of Android 9.0 Pie.
The Wear OS 2.1 had its focus on the ease of access for notifications. The new notification is in the same place as with the previous one, just swipe up from the watch face and you will see it there. It also had a new feature having a continuous scrolling interface making it faster and easier to go into your notifications. There is also a smart reply feature built into it so you can send quick messages easily without opening any application.
A swiping into the left will open up the Google Fit with its new UI. Your health points are highly emphasized and you could easily keep track for your overall activity level. By swiping to the right, the new Google Assistant panel will open. It includes all of the proactive Assistant cards, and it might also show upcoming flight information, traffic alerts, and a lot more. To change the watch faces, you’ll have to do a long-press on the screen. The quick settings hasn’t been moved, just swipe down and it will be shown.
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