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Wear OS 4 Beta Program coming soon for Pixel Watch

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Google is working on a new version of the smartwatch software, Wear OS 4. Obviously, the next Wear OS version will have some new features and improvements that make the smartwatches better. Ahead of the official release, some Pixel Watch users can test Wear OS 4 features by joining the “Wear OS Beta Program”.

The source page reveals two devices for the Wear OS Beta program that are Google Pixel Watch Bluetooth/Wi-Fi and Pixel Watch 4G LTE Bluetooth/Wi-Fi.

To join the program, you will probably have to do the same thing as for phones and just click an “Opt-in” button for your watch. Then you will get the update soon.

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Furthermore, the “Your eligible devices” section has been reworded to “Android Devices” instead of “Phones.” That means the Pixel Tablet and Fold, which might come with Android 14 Beta 4, will be there too. However, we can expect a new carousel/section for Wear OS when the program starts.

Aside from this, Samsung also offers smartwatches and uses its own version of Wear OS called One UI Watch. However, several Galaxy Watch users already testing the latest One UI Watch 5 software based on Wear OS 4.

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Google Play Services update adds Apple Watch-like feature to Wear OS

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Wear OS School time feature

Google has introduced the ‘School Time’ feature to Wear OS smartwatches through the latest Google Play Services v24.18 update. This new feature allows parents to control their child’s smartwatch usage during school hours.

According to Android Authority, parents can limit the apps their child can use and silence the device to prevent distractions with ‘School Time’. This new feature helps to manage children’s technology use in their daily lives.

The functionality of ‘School Time’ is similar to the ‘Schooltime’ feature on the Apple Watch, which also restricts app usage and enables DND (Do Not Disturb) mode during set times. However, it’s not clear whether Google’s version will include options for breaks or emergency calls like Apple’s does.

It is also yet to be confirmed whether all Wear OS smartwatches will support the ‘School Time’ feature, or if it will only be available on recent models. Nowadays, as smartwatches have become more common for children, features like ‘School Time’ are important to encourage the proper use of technology.

Wear OS School time feature

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Google Maps revamps Wear OS Tile for smarter navigation

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Google Maps has updated its Wear OS Tile to enhance navigation for wearable device users. The fresh update introduces a direct shortcut to the map view to make it easier for users to access maps and transit information quickly.

With the new update, the Search button has been replaced with a Map button, allowing users to access the map view directly. This view not only shows locations but also serves as a simple compass, a feature not available on the Pixel Watch.

Previously, the Google Maps app Tile included a Search button that opened the app’s main feed and showed recent searches and nearby points of interest on Wear OS devices. But now, you can directly go to the map view.

Users can tap on locations for details and see transit stop schedules. To exit the map view, there’s a close button on the left side. This new change enhances the user experience on Wear OS devices, providing more efficient ways to navigate.

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Google to unveil Wear OS 5 at I/O 2024 event

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Google’s upcoming developer conference, Google I/O 2024, is expected to introduce Wear OS 5. This new version is anticipated to bring significant improvements to the platform, focusing on user experience and app development.

Based on Android 14, Wear OS 5 will include a redesigned Watch Face Format. This format aims to optimize watch faces to make them more efficient and adaptable to various screen sizes. This is especially relevant as the market sees an increase in smartwatch dimensions, highlighted by rumors of a larger Pixel Watch 3 model.

For developers, Wear OS 5 is set to offer enhanced tools that simplify the process of creating apps for different watch sizes. While details are still forthcoming, the update hinted at in the I/O schedule suggests that Wear OS 5 will be a significant step forward in the evolution of Google’s wearable technology for a better smartwatch experience.

Aside from this, Google will soon release an OS-level upgrade to Android TV and Google TV to explore user experience improvements. Also, the integration of Compose for TV and Android Studio tools is ready to simplify the creation of visually appealing TV apps.

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