Update 1: 2019/05/02 11:06am PDT
Rolling out now
Wear OS has gone through quite a few evolutions over the last five years as it adopted apps, watch faces with custom complications, changes to notifications, and so on. The next big change is coming soon as Google prepares to go take another step on the path it began with the last major update, and it’s going to be called Tiles.
Google’s last major revision to the Wear OS interface traded the behavior of the left and right swipe. Read More[Update: Rolling out] Upcoming Wear OS update will feature widget-like ‘Tiles’ for common actions was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Wear OS isn’t exactly getting the love it deserves from Google, though the latest interface redesign was a big step in the right direction. However, the company isn’t done with our favorite smartwatch operating system, as an even newer interface update is coming soon.
This update will introduce “Tiles”, which are cards to the sides of the watchface. You can swipe side to side to see bit of data like texts, news, weather, flight data, Google Fit, and more. You can also rearrange these Tiles by holding and dragging, making your favorites easier to access.
This will replace the current interface, where a swipe left will reveal Google Fit and a swipe right reveals Assistant. This brings it more in line with Huawei’s LiteOS on the Watch GT, which features almost identical data cards accessible by swiping away from the watch face.
We’ll be getting more details about this new feature at Google I/O next week, and it should be rolling out over the next month. You probably won’t see it for a little while, and we don’t know what watches it will come to, but we hope to see it on older models that got the UI redesign last year. Take a look at this video which showcases the tiles at the end.
Checking the weather is one of the features I use most on my phone. For years, I had a widget dedicated to just that on my homescreen, a layout I abandoned only a short time ago. When it comes to wearables, you have a couple of options in this area. Some watches come with pre-built faces that include weather info, you can build your own in something like Pujie, or install a separate app. Read MoreDark Sky brings hyperlocal weather information to Wear OS was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Update 1: 2018/12/20 9:50am PST
That original Ticwatch Amazon deal is still going strong (sans TicBand), but we’ve also just been tipped off to a new sale available for UK shoppers. Over on that
Mobvoi is discounting their Ticwatch S (Sport) and Tickwatch E (Express) on Amazon. At $140 & $112, they are a further 12% down from their Black Friday prices of $160 & $128. To sweeten the deal, MobvoiUS is throwing in a free TicBand (normally listed at $50) free with either purchase. To get this deal, you need to scroll down to the ‘Special offers and product promotions’ section and add the watch and band to the cart together. Read More[Update: TicWatch E UK deal] TicWatch S & E drop below Black Friday prices, down to $139 and $112 on Amazon – free TicBand included was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
The TicWatch Pro is a pretty good smartwatch, as much as any SD Wear 2100 watch running Wear OS can be, anyway. One complaint about it was that you were forced to use Mobvoi’s own health app as the default swipe left screen in Wear 2.0 (to the right of your watchface), but that’s thankfully no longer the case.
Since the update to Wear 2.2, some TicWatch Pro users have noticed that you can now swipe left and long-press to bring up a choice between TicHealth and Google Fit. Read MoreTicWatch users can now set Google Fit as their default left swipe app was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Update 1: 2018/12/12 5:43am PST
The update is starting to roll out now as part of version 2.06.32, but if you can’t wait for it to hit your device, we have it on APK
Google says it has been paying attention to your feature requests since the redesigned Fit app was launched in the summer and it has a new update just in time for the holidays — ready for you to watch the pounds pile on thanks to yet another leftover-turkey sandwich your body didn’t ask for. Read More[Update: APK Download] Google Fit gets a home screen widget and improved activity tracking in latest update was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Update 1: 2018/12/06 11:10am PST
You’ve been able to get your TicWatch C2 pre-order in for the past few weeks now, but today marks the smartwatch’s formal retail debut, with full sales of the wearable
Chinese AI company Mobvoi hosted an event in London today, in part to raise awareness for digital wellbeing, but mainly to make two announcements. The TicPods Free true wireless earbuds that we first heard about in April are now on general sale, but the main attraction is the brand new TicWatch C2. Read More[Update: C2 sales get started with 10% discount] Mobvoi announces TicWatch C2 at London event, plus TicPods Free earbuds are now on sale was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
What good is a smartwatch without some fancy custom watch faces to go with it? Facer has been one of the best sources for cusotmizable watch faces since the days before Google supported third-party watch faces. The app is forging ahead, even as interest in smartwatches has waned. The big v5.0 update adds more designers, including some traditional watchmakers. There’s also a new premium subscription option that includes the full catalog of watch faces. Read MoreFacer v5.0 adds new watch face partners, a premium subscription, and more was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Few products have been as poorly concealed in the run-up to launch as the Misfit Vapor 2. It looked for a time as though Misfit would just release the watch without ever announcing it. However, the smartwatch is now official. The Vapor 2 is coming to various retailers soon, starting at $250.
The Misfit Vapor 2 comes in 41mm and 46mm sizes, both of which have a round OLED with 328 pixels-per-inch. Read MoreThe Misfit Vapor 2 is official after repeated leaks was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Nike+ Run Club, or NRC for short, is a popular running companion app that tracks your runs and and compares your data with that of other users (get it? Run Club?). With its latest update, NRC has become considerably nicer to use for owners of compatible Wear OS devices, who can now leave their phones at home during workouts.
Combined with Wear OS’ ability to download music and stream it to Bluetooth earbuds without a phone involved, the new NRC should prove to be a great asset to athletes who want to keep detailed information about their runs, but want to carry as little gear as possible. Read MoreNike+ Run Club is now available on Wear OS [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.