Google's Wear OS Brings Actions to Your Wrist
Google today said several new features are headed to Wear OS devices. First, Google smartwatches gain smart suggestions. These will let people choose from contextually relevant follow up questions after an initial query. Google Assistant on Wear OS can now talk to you. Ask Assistant about your schedule, for example, and it will read aloud your agenda, commute times, and other pertinent information. The spoken responses can be heard via the speaker in some watches, or through Bluetooth headphones. Last, Google is bringing Actions to all Wear OS watches. Wear OS watch owners can ask Google Assistant to preheat their oven, or find out when the next train leaves, or pick from any one of the million Actions already available to Google Assistant. Google says it is working with developers to expand Actions on Wear OS. These new features are rolling out to all Wear devices over the next few days.
Sep 1, 2017
Google this week updated some of its Play Store policies that will improve the availability of apps for older Android-based smartwatches. Specifically, Google has made multi-APK apps available to Android Wear 1.0 devices.
Feb 8, 2017
Google today officially made Android Wear 2.0 available to device makers and the public. The wearable platform has been in preview status since May 2016 and its release has been delayed for several months.
May 9, 2018
Google today offered developers a new build of Wear OS for select Android smartwatches. The update chiefly installs the Actions on Google feature that Google announced earlier this month, but it also introduces more power-related enhancements and a dedicated battery saver mode.
Mar 9, 2018
Google today introduced new Custom Device Actions for Google Assistant that will give devices native functionality specific to their hardware. Custom Device Actions build on the Assistant's existing Actions tool for issuing specific commands.
Dec 5, 2017
Google today announced several changes to its core search product that are meant to help people discover fresh content as they perform searches. For example, Featured Snippets are content highlighted by Google to provide "quick, relevant answers" to search queries.