Google’s big fall hardware event is coming on October 9, but there’s no new Google Pixel Watch on the horizon. Instead, a flurry of new Google Wear OS watches are arriving to try to capture more of the wearable market. There’s also a WearOS software update, available Friday, that changes the interface: mostly, for the better. I’ve been using it on a Fossil Q Explorist HR watch, and it’s a far more useful update than I expected. The new Wear OS software features, revealed back in August, add directional swipe gestures to each part of the Wear OS watch interface. Each one does something helpful. Now playing: Watch this: Why you should install Google’s newest WearOS watch update 3:18 Swipe left, and you get a redesigned Google Fit with motivational goal rings based on activity and more active heart rate-based “heart points.” Swipe right, and there’s Google Assistant, with quick AI-generated suggestions and a related search term shortcut to recent requests. Swipe down, and a bunch of new dashboard controls are there, similar to the Apple Watch. It’s easier to silence the watch, play music or quick-access Google Pay. Swipe up, and notifications are now shown in a more compressed stream. Wear OS doesn’t have nested notifications like Apple Watch has in WatchOS 5, but it’s better than what Wear OS used to be. The new gestures are fluid, and so far everything feels responsive on the Fossil watch I’m testing on. Accessing watch faces now requires holding a finger… [Read full story]
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