Google’s Wear OS 4 is expected to bring exciting features to its wearables

WearOS 4 Features and availability

Today Google announced Wear OS 4 details. Expected to arrive later this year, the update packs a surprising list of new and expected features. Here’s everything you need to know as a Wear OS user.

Wear OS 4 brings backup and restore support to help you facilitate the transfer of data and settings when setting up a new watch.

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Major updates for Google Pixel Watch with Wear OS 4

One of the biggest announcements that are going to help Google Pixel watch users is the optimization efforts that Google put into Wear OS. The new operating system is going to be more battery efficient than its previous generation.

The new Watch Face Format, built in partnership with Samsung, facilitates and helps build new watch faces with greater efficiency.

According to the company’s announcement today at the event, Wear OS 4 is launching “later this year,” and Google will provide more details in the coming months. It’s entering developer preview via the emulator today.

Earlier this week, WhatsApp launched a beta version of its app compatible with Google’s smartwatch platform.

Folks using WhatsApp beta for Android version will be able to link their Wear OS-based smartwatch. Google said that support for calls and starting conversations will be available when the app is available to all users.

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Sudz Niel Kar
I am a technologist with years of experience with Apple and wearOS products, have a BS in Computer Science and an MBA specializing in emerging tech, and owned the popular site AppleToolBox. In my day job, I advise Fortune 500 companies with their digital transformation strategies and also consult with numerous digital health startups in an advisory capacity. I'm VERY interested in exploring the digital health and fitness-tech evolution and keeping a close eye on patents, FDA approvals, strategic partnerships, and developments happening in the wearables and digital health sector. When I'm not writing or presenting, I run with my Apple Watch Ultra or Samsung Galaxy Watch and closely monitor my HRV and other recovery metrics.


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