It has taken a bit longer than the company expected but if you have a Mobvoi Ticwatch E or S model, you should have your Wear OS update that brings Android Oreo available. The company, in a recent post in their forums, indicates that 100% of devices should have the update now available and installed (or ready to install).
Originally the company had indicated that the update would roll out in March of this year but “Due to unexpected circumstances” the updates were delayed. The company then began rolling out the update early last week with the 100% mark for all devices hit on May 16th.
I can confirm that my Mobvoi Ticwatch E has been updated.
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While it has been pretty clear the past couple of weeks the work that Google has put into Google Assistant on phones, that isn’t the only place they have been improving things. Wear OS by Google has also been getting a lot of updates lately around Assistant and other features which has significantly improved the overall usefulness of Assistant on your wrist.
Just before Google I/O, Wear OS got a big update that, amongst other things, brought support for Actions in Google Assistant. As part of that, you can now ask Assistant on your watch to give you a game or score update and have the information displayed on your screen in an easy-to-view format as well as an audio update on the game.
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Google today announced several new improvements coming to Google Assistant on Wear OS by Google. The updates will take a few days to roll out to everyone and will give Assistant on your watch the ability to leverage Actions from Assistant and improved voice responses.
Google Assistant on Wear OS is not new. It rolled out with the latest generation of watches running what was then Android Wear 2.0. Rebranded as Wear OS by Google over the course of the past few months, Google has been focusing efforts on overall improvements in the platform as well with Assistant.
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Google has released the first Android P based developer preview of Wear OS today, giving developers a chance to take a sneak peak and giving consumers a preview of what to expect in the next major release for the platform. The developer preview is aimed squarely at developers and only works on the Huawei Watch 2 Bluetooth or Huawei Watch 2 Classic Bluetooth. Installing the preview is a manual flashing process and Google has made it clear, this is not ready for consumers to test out.
As for as new features are concerned, there are some exciting ones to look forward to in this build. A dark theme will now be available and will be set as the default. This should improve glanceability of notifications and other information on watches.
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For those of you who like to control their music from their Wear OS watch, today is a good day for you. The Wear OS team, via the product forums, has announced that new features have rolled out to the Wear version of the Google Play Music app that allows for things like Shuffling music and previewing the next track to be played.
The new features impact the Google Play Music app that is installed on Wear OS devices and is rolling out now. When you get the update (likely you already have you will be able to slide up when music is playing and enable a Shuffle feature on the playlist or album that you are listening to at the time. Further, you will be able to swipe to see which track is next so you can decide if you want to play it or skip it.
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The rebranding exercise last week from Google on Android Wear was an important one, if nothing more than superficial. Now known as Wear OS by Google, the flavor of Android designed to run on watches, the name change reflects many things that have been changing with the Android naming convention over the past few months.
But the problems for Wear OS are far deeper than a simple name change can fix. Sure, Google can address the iPhone user market who, they report, is one out of every three Android Wear user today. The fact is, a premium Wear OS watch experience needs to happen and it needs to come from Google. Just as they have done with phones and Chromebooks, a Google “Pixel Watch” would unleash all the potential of Wear OS to the masses. But there are big obstacles in the way that have to be addressed. If there is a company that can sort it out, it is Google. The question is if they want to do it.
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With all of the rebranding efforts of Android Wear to Wear OS by Google, and an update to the Wear OS app for Android, the next question is which watches will get updated to reflect the new branding. Well, it seems, a fair number of them.
Google has taken to the renamed Android Wear forum to announce which watches will get updated. While the time frame of a “the coming weeks” was provided, there was no further timeline provided or which watch will receive the update first.
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With Android Wear being rebranded Wear OS today, Google has taken the opportunity to update the Android Wear app for Android. The app update, however, is not just a rebranding exercise. The company took the opportunity to revamp the user experience of the app and make it far more friendly than previous iterations.
The new app build is version 18.104.22.168560295 for those keeping score at home and has been released to the Play Store. It may take a few days to get to everyone. Once it does, you will find that settings for your watch are not front-and-center on the home page of the app.
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