The massive underlying story of Samsung returning to Wear OS for the Galaxy Watch 4 was apps.
Samsung needed an OS that would supply a good collection of apps. And Google, with out the burden of huge numbers of smartwatches operating on OS, was struggling to excite builders to create top-class app experiences for Wear OS.
The high quality of apps has been one of many main transformations within the eight generations of watchOS, and a giant draw to the Apple Watch. It’s one thing we spoke to Apple VP Kevin Lynch about – who defined the way it took a very long time to find how folks used apps on the wrist.
And this marriage of comfort between Samsung and Google has taken little time to swing into impact.
Google has up to date its steerage for builders on find out how to create better app experiences, particularly for Wear OS 3. It appears as if Wear OS 3.0 apps will now face a lot larger scrutiny, and a two-tier system of apps is about to return into impact, with a better expertise for Wear 3.0 devices.
The new YouTube Music app for Wear 3.0
Google has clamped down on even probably the most primary apps, requiring requirements for notifications, together with direct reply options, that ought to drag up the usual of all apps within the Play Store.
There’s additionally ‘better’ and ‘best’ suggestions, which dictate the need for apps to assist all forms of show, use particular APKs and decree how the app is marketed on the Play Store.
And there’s a deadline of 13 October, for builders to make sure their app keep on the Play Store.
But there’s already proof of the renewed curiosity and focus in Wear OS and Samsung taking impact.
Sleep Cycle has launched for Galaxy Watch 4 on Wear OS, and Samsung has additionally launched its personal Walkie Talkie app for the platform, too. That’s for Galaxy Watch 4 solely proper now (not stunning given it’s the one Wear 3.0 system), as is the brand new Google Maps and YouTube Music apps.
Google has revamped the Messages app for all Wear devices.
Strava has introduced it’s ending assist for its Wear OS 2x app, and it’ll now focus its efforts onto Wear 3.0.
And Telegram has additionally pulled its app from the present Play Store, though nothing has been introduced for Wear 3.0.
But whereas Google is working exhausting on Wear 3.0 apps, it’s going to take time for there to be any devices to make use of them on.
Aside from the Galaxy Watch 4, Wear 3.0 isn’t resulting from land on any non-Samsung devices till 2022.
Unpicking the previous errors of Wear OS and making a better future is actually not going to be a fast course of.