Published: Thu, August 30, 2018
Electronics | By Shannon Stone

Google is finally bringing a new look to smartwatches with Wear OS

Google is finally bringing a new look to smartwatches with Wear OS

But the company is reportedly building a health and fitness assistant called Google Coach to possibly go along with the launch of Pixel Watch, and this new screen could be its home.

The latest update is rolling out the smartwatches with Wear OS. Swipe down on your watch to get quicker access to handy features and shortcuts like Google Pay or "Find my phone".

But this upcoming Wear OS update does more than just make Google Assistant a better assistant. Part of that entails making it easier to browse, dismiss, and take action on notifications by way of a new notification stream. Today, it is saying something substantial, and even though there aren't many good Wear OS-based smartwatches in the market right now, today's update brings hope.

It's the Google Assistant integration that will likely make the biggest difference for device owners. Going to the bottom will bring up notifications - all at once with a scroll, not one by one with swipe after swipe. The new release introduces deep integration with the Alphabet Inc. subsidiary's Google Assistant artificial intelligence, as well as faster access to information and key features. These new functions helped it predict your questions and operate more like the friendly AI helper you're used to in other Google products. If you're traveling that day, Assistant will show your flight status, hotel reservation information, and "smart suggestions" you may want to check out such as the weather at your destination and restaurants near your hotel. It ties in with the recent Google Fit announcement.

Lastly, you can swipe left on the watch to start a workout and keep a track of your goals and the likes. Google designed these new smart activity goals in collaboration with the American Heart Association and the World Health Organization.

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