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Google's big plan for improved Wear OS apps has begun; now we just need some hardware.

Google's big plan for improved Wear OS apps has begun; now we just need some hardware.

, by raj, 11 min reading time

Apps were a key part of Samsung's decision to return to Wear OS with the Galaxy Watch 4. Samsung desired an operating system with a good app selection. And Google was trying to entice developers to produce top-notch Wear OS app experiences without the weight of a large number of smartwatches running the OS. The quality of apps has improved dramatically throughout the eight releases of watchOS, and is a significant selling point for the Apple Watch. We asked Apple VP Kevin Lynch about it, and he said it took a long time to figure out how people utilized applications on their wrists. And this convenience marriage between Samsung and Google has been in existence for a short period.Google has revised its developer guidelines, particularly for Wear OS 3, to help developers create better app experiences. Wear OS 3.0 apps appear to be under much closer inspection today, and a two-tier app structure with a better experience for Wear 3.0 devices is set to be implemented. Google has tightened the screws on even the most basic apps, imposing notification requirements, including direct reply features, that should raise the bar for all apps in the Play Store. There are also better' and best' suggestions, which specify that apps must support all display kinds, utilize particular APKs, and advertise themselves on the Play Store. Developers have till October 13 to guarantee that their software remains on the Play Store. However, signs of the revived attention and emphasis on Wear OS and Samsung are already visible. Samsung has released Sleep Cycle for the Galaxy Watch 4 on Wear OS, as well as its own Walkie Talkie app for the platform. That, like the new Google Maps and YouTube Music applications, is only available for the Galaxy Watch 4 for now (which isn't unexpected considering that it's the only Wear 3.0 device).For all Wear devices, Google has updated the Messages app. Strava has stated that it would no longer support its Wear OS 2x app and will instead focus on Wear 3.0. Telegram has likewise removed its software from the current Play Store, while no plans for Wear 3.0 have been disclosed. However, while Google is hard at work on Wear 3.0 apps, it will be some time before any devices are available to utilise them on. Wear 3.0 will not be available on non-Samsung smartphones until 2022, with the exception of the Galaxy Watch 4. It will take a long time to undo Wear OS's previous mistakes and build a brighter future for the platform.

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