Wear OS has a scheduled session at Google I/O 2021. This shows the search giant is not abandoning it as many have been saying for years.
That fear was intensified when the Google acquisition of Fitbit went through earlier this year. Fitbit, of course, has a smartwatch operating system of its own. But it seems Google is still sticking to its platform, at least not for now.
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The company’s annual developer conference is due to be held in a virtual format between May 18th and 20th. The letters “I” and “O” stand for input/output, along with the slogan “Innovation in the Open”. To remind, Google I/O was cancelled last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The 2021 event website now a schedule of sessions. One of these is titled “Now is the time: What’s new with Wear“. Its description reads as follows.
“Get an overview of all that’s new for Google’s smartwatch platform. We’ll cover the latest platform updates and share a range of new APIs, tools and more to help jumpstart your development for wearables.”
WearOS has come a long way in the last couple of years, but it still leaves a lot to be desired. And some companies have abandoned the platform.
Watches running the operating system struggle with battery life, there are performance, consistency and reliability concerns. On the plus side users get a huge number of third party apps and customization options to choose from.
The smartwatch that perhaps best utilizes the platform is the Mobvoi TicWatch Pro 3, predominantly because of its Qualcomm 4,100+ processor. There’s talk Fossil Gen 6 watches will be landing in July, new Moto watches will be arriving soon, and the next Samsung Galaxy Watch will reportedly come with Wear OS.
Google is also said to be working on the first Pixel Watch. Yes, we’ve heard similar rumors in the past but this is the first time actual renders of the device have been posted.
The future of WearOS is unpredictable. But we’re glad it has a session at this year’s Google I/O.
Developers around the world who are interested in Google technology are expected to tune in. The event is free for everyone – you just need to answer a bunch of questions. Registration is not required to watch the Keynote. You will need it, though, to access sessions and other learning experiences. All this material will be made available on Youtube after May 20th.
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