Wear OS was a footnote at I/O – this is hoping Google has one thing greater deliberate

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Does it communicate volumes that the one announcement Google had round Wear OS smartwatches was made every week earlier than its annual I/O developer convention?

Or that announcement was about bringing a function that has existed on a rival smartwatch for some time now – no means a groundbreaking addition to a smartwatch platform that also lags behind the competitors?

When Sundar Pichai took to the stage for Google’s keynote he talked smartphones, good assistants and privateness.

The one factor wearable associated on stage was the Fossil Sport he was sporting.

It is a query we frequently ask, however are smartwatches nonetheless a precedence for Google? In our eyes it nonetheless struggles to offer a becoming riposte to what others (not simply Apple) presently supply people who need helpful smarts on their wrist.

It is now been 5 years because the OS previously generally known as Android Wear was first unveiled. Whereas the {hardware} has moved on, with attractive smartwatches such because the Skagen Falster 2, Michael Kors Entry Lexington 2 and even Ticwatch E2, the software program retains letting down these gadgets.

Google has spent the final year-and-a-bit making an attempt to do issues it ought to have been doing from the beginning. Making Wear OS extra person pleasant, making it work higher with non-Android telephones and giving us the kind of well being and health options that the Apple Watch, Garmin and Fitbit have confirmed are options folks need on their smartwatches.

In 2019 although, we’re nonetheless ready to be blown away by Wear OS.

So why was there so little speak of smartwatches at I/O, the place the place Google’s builders assemble to assist make its platforms – platforms like Wear OS – higher?

Whereas there was a Wear OS demo space the place folks may get a more in-depth have a look at the brand new Tiles function, that was it.

The execs he spoke to mentioned they’re ramping up all issues Wear OS internally, hinting at greater stuff later this yr, however it was barely a footnote of the present.

Discuss of a hero smartwatch from Google won’t ever go away. It appears like we have been talking a few Pixel Look ahead to an eternity. We thought we might lastly see it in 2018, however it by no means turned up, but the hypothesis will not go away. And whereas a Pixel Watch or no matter Google decides to name it (if it launches one) appears like one thing Google ought to do and must do, it is the software program that underpins all of it that basically wants enhance if Google needs to compete with watchOS, Tizen, Fitbit OS and Garmin’s maturing smartwatch platform.

How does it try this? By having a clearer sense of what works and would not work on smartwatches. It has been 5 years now, Google ought to perceive what’s and what is not sticking, taking classes from companions which are getting Wear OS into the arms (and wrists) of extra folks. These {hardware} companions are taking into their very own arms to make Google’s working system a greater match, however it’s excessive time Google proved that it is able to make this work.

Possibly at subsequent yr’s Google I/O Sundar Pichai will take to the stage sporting a Google-built smartwatch in {hardware} and software program, and we might be speaking extra concerning the large issues which are taking place to Wear OS. My intestine feeling is that we is likely to be in the identical place as we discover ourselves right now. I hope I am proved incorrect.