Google’s huge Wear OS revamp makes the OS work more like Android
Ahead of the IFA 2018 tech expo in Berlin, Google is announcing a major upgrade to Wear OS. The release doesn’t have a catchy name (it should be labeled “Wear OS 1.6” on the about screen), but nearly every major interface of Wear OS is changing. Ahead of the announcement, I got to see the new release in person for a few minutes, so I can explain how things work a bit.
The new Wear OS design prioritizes actionable notifications, proactive (Google Now-like) information cards, and Google Fit information. The all-new layout seems faster and less swipe-heavy, and it makes the OS feel more like the regular phone version of Android.