New Pixel Watch features drop - as Wear OS gains momentum

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Google announced its June drop of new features across its product suite, and it included some juicy additions to the Pixel Watch.

First up, the company has added new, closer integrations with Spotify.

It's launched new tiles and face shortcuts from the Spotify for Wear OS app, to enable users to jump straight to podcasts or favorite playlists – or what’s in their rotation.

The company has also expanded SmarTrip and Clipper cards for Google Wallet, so users can tap and ride on Washington DC and Bay Area transit services.

And Google Keep now has new tiles so you can pin single notes, such as a shopping list, making accessing information you need from the watch easier.

The company has been doubling down on Tiles, which offer useful information straight from the watch face. And it seems like the strategy might have caught the admiration of Apple, and there are rumors that watchOS 10 will see a big overhaul with more focus on glanceable information.

These small but regular updates also show that Google is committed to keep improving aspects of Wear OS, after so many years of stagnation.

We recently reported that Google is looking at a major technical improvement to the Pixel Watch 2, and will move to the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon W5+ processor – which will fix many of the gripes around battery life.

And we’ve also seen impressive potential in the TicWatch Pro 5, which was just released with Wear OS 3.

This, combined with an overhauled Wear OS 4 expected to land later this year, makes for an ecosystem that finally feels like it’s moving forward.

Via: Google Blog

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