Google Play Music gets important experience improvements on Wear OS

Shortly after announcing the rebranding of Android Wear to Wear OS, Google released a new update for the Play Music app that’s running on smartwatches. Although there aren’t too many changes included in the update, they are important enough for those using Google Play Music on their Wear OS smartwatches.

The newest version of Google Play Music offers an improved experience thanks to the addition of the options to shuffle music and see what’s playing next. Also, Google implemented a new download indicator that should help music lovers see what songs are available to download right to their …

Google lists all smartwatches that will receive the new Wear OS update

Shortly it unveiled the rebranding of its mobile platform for smartwatches, Google confirmed all wearable devices that will receive the new Wear OS update.

Basically, almost all smartwatches that have been updated to Android Wear Oreo will be rebranded to Wear OS by Google in the coming weeks. You can find the full list below:

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Google officially rebrands Android Wear to Wear OS

What started as a rumor a few days ago was confirmed earlier today by Google: Android Wear has been rebranded. Starting today, Google’s platform for smartwatches will be called Wear OS, a wearables operating system for everyone.

The change will affect more than 50 smartwatches that made their debut since the launch of Android Wear. The new name is supposed to better reflect Google’s technology and vision, the company said in a blog post.

As our technology and partnerships have evolved, so have our users. In 2017, one out of three new Android Wear watch owners also used an iPhone. …

Google Keep is getting a major redesign on Android Wear, support for iOS devices pairing

Google has just released a new version of Keep for smartwatches, and it looks like the app received a major facelift. The application has been completely redesigned to offer a much smoother experience and be easier on the eyes.

For example, Google Keep now features a brand new black background and the fonts are more pronounced so that they could be easier to read on small screens. One thing to note is that the new app does not feature the option to open a note on the smartphone.

Lots of bug fixes and performance improvements have been implemented as well, along with support for iOS …

Android Wear 2.9 update for the phone app to roll out within days

According to the Android Wear support page, Google is now ready to send out Android Wear 2.9. The update will start rolling out in a few days. Keep in mind that this is not an OTA update for an Android Wear powered timepiece. Instead, this update is for the Android Wear app that is installed on the phone. The update includes a new notification complication that allows you to view previews of your messages. Another change adds “improved glanceability in notification cards with longer titles.”

In addition, a dot will be found by default at the bottom of a watch face to indicate an unread notification. …

Limited edition fluorite white Casio WSD-F20-WE with Android Wear 2.0 announced

Casio is back with yet another Android Wear smartwatch, the WSD-F20-WE. This time, however, the Japanese company is bringing a limited edition wearable device to market. Even if you’re familiar with Casio’s products, it may be confusing to remember all the company’s smartwatch names, so let’s make it clear.

The Casio WSD-F20-WE is just a limited edition version of the WSD-F20, a rugged Pro Trek smartwatch unveiled back in April. This limited edition model comes with the same hardware inside, but a different color called “fluorite white” that’s supposed to give the smartwatch a crystalline …

Skagen Falster – one of the prettiest Android Wear smartwatches – is now available

The Skagen Falster, one of the prettiest Android Wear smartwatches, is now available for purchase over at Skagen’s official website, with a price of $275.

The Falster is Skagen’s first true smartwatch. The company makes a few hybrid watches that look and feel like analog timepieces, but have a dial that gives you a quick peek at your progress towards a daily step goal. The new Falster is completely different, a truly digital timepiece that comes with a round design and runs on Android Wear 2.0 and supports the helpful Google Assistant. And yes, of course, you can get additional …

Android Oreo's notification dots are coming to Android Wear

Google announced today that it has released a new version of the Android Wear SDK. Version 2.2.0 allows developers to add some new features to the faces of Android Wear powered smartwatches. One new feature, Notification Dots, comes from Android 8.0. If there are any unread notifications, a dot will be seen at the bottom of the dial. Developers will be able to customize the color of the indicator, although it is white by default.

The indicator dot can be turned off by developers, and replaced by other methods that show the number of unread notifications. One possibility is to have this number …

Google starts rolling out Android Wear 2.8, here's what's new

Your favorite (or not) Android company, Google has just announced that a new Android Wear update is now being pushed out to all compatible devices. Android Wear 2.8 brings only a few improvements over the previous iteration, but they’re definitely worth the update.

Before going into details, it’s worth noting that this is an update on the Android Wear app on the smartphone, so it’s not the same as the OTA update on smartwatches. Also, keep in mind that the roll-out is going to take a few days to reach all phones.

Now, Android Wear 2.8 is supposed to improve notification glanceability …