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Google Pay on Wear OS now works in 10 new countries

Google Pay on Wear OS now works in 10 new countries

A lot of newfangled stuff you can do with a smartphone seems like it has a limited utility. But I have to admit, paying for your take-out with your watch — never reaching into a pocket or purse for a wallet, or even a phone — is just dang cool. Starting today you can do it with Google Pay in ten new countries, mostly in Europe.

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Fossil teases Gen 6 Wear OS watches for early next week

Fossil teases Gen 6 Wear OS watches for early next week

The excitement surrounding Fossil's already-leaked Gen 6 watch lineup may have waned a bit now that we know it won't get Wear OS 3 until the middle of next year, but we do have one new fact to share that could bring a little bit of hype back into the equation. You may not have long to wait for it to land.

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Fossil's Gen 6 smartwatch leaks, for those who prefer Wear OS

Fossil's Gen 6 smartwatch leaks, for those who prefer Wear OS

The Galaxy Watch4 turned a lot of heads recently, both for being a pretty darn good watch in its own right and the first model that uses the third-gen version of Wear OS, infused with Samsung's Tizen software. But early reviews indicate that the watch is, well, very Samsung: you'll have to dig deep to find the Wear foundations. A new leak from Fossil might catch the eye of anyone excited for a new generation of Wear OS hardware — admittedly, expected to run older software.

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Samsung unveils One UI Watch interface, but leaves us hanging for new Wear hardware

Samsung unveils One UI Watch interface, but leaves us hanging for new Wear hardware

At a digital Mobile World Congress event today, Samsung is showing off its designs for a new generation of Galaxy wearables. But it's sticking to the One UI software side of things, declining to debut new wearable hardware, or even talk very much about that new combined Wear OS platform that it will be running on. It's a bit of a downer after those recent leaks of a next-gen Galaxy Watch 4 from last week.

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How do you feel about Google's big Wear OS (and Tizen and Fitbit) news today?

How do you feel about Google's big Wear OS (and Tizen and Fitbit) news today?

Wear OS isn't great. That's an opinion that seems to be fairly universal (with the usual exceptions), especially when you start comparing Android-powered wearables to those from Samsung, Fitbit, and of course, Apple. Google knows this, and they're working on it. Never has that been more apparent than at today's Google I/O developer conference keynote.

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Fitbit devices will run Wear OS in the future

Fitbit devices will run Wear OS in the future

Ever since Google bought Fitbit in 2019, we've been waiting to see what kind of effect that combination would have on both Fitbit's fitness-focused wearables and Google's own Wear OS. Today we know. At Google I/O, a Fitbit representative said it flat out: future Fitbit wearable devices will be running Wear OS.

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'Hey Google' command appears to be working again on some Wear OS watches

'Hey Google' command appears to be working again on some Wear OS watches

A little while back the signature "hey Google" Assistant commands stopped working on Wear OS watches. Well, that's not completely true: a few months ago it stopped working, and it took that long for enough people to notice that Google said it would do something about it. Based on a few user tests, that appears to be resolved, at least for some devices.

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Google Fit adds new Wear OS Tiles, prioritizes step counter, and improves Heart Point recommendations (Update: APK download)

Google Fit adds new Wear OS Tiles, prioritizes step counter, and improves Heart Point recommendations (Update: APK download)

Just as many people are getting a bit stir crazy from staying indoors, the Google Fit team is delivering some long overdue attention to the Android app and Wear OS. Over the next week or so, several enhancements to the interface are set to roll out, meant to make information more visible while streamlining the interface so users can quickly pull up the most important bits of data.

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[Update: Rolling out] Upcoming Wear OS update will feature widget-like 'Tiles' for common actions

[Update: Rolling out] Upcoming Wear OS update will feature widget-like 'Tiles' for common actions

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 take another step on the path it began with the last major update, and it's going to be called Tiles.

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Wear OS v2.16 prepares priority notifications for favorite contacts, optional media controls, and much more [APK Teardown]

Wear OS v2.16 prepares priority notifications for favorite contacts, optional media controls, and much more [APK Teardown]

Android Wear, or Wear OS as it's now known, seems to have found renewed momentum lately with fresh efforts in fitness, updates to the interface, and new hardware coming on the horizon. The latest update brings one notable change the improves the interface for managing notifications, but also carries with it the signs of many other changes and additions to come.

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