Wear OS update brings faster Google Pay, bug fixes and design improvements

But the update will initially only hit Android users
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Google has announced an update to Wear OS, with smartwatches running on the software set to see improvements to Google Pay, design and fixes for bugs.

The move comes as the company launches a new beta for Android P, with the most notable change appearing to come through the contactless payment system. As Google itself puts it in the app description, 'quick-starting Google Pay' is now an option for users, though it doesn't go into elaborate detail on what exactly has changed.

Read this: Your ultimate guide to Wear OS

If we're guessing - and it is fairly self-explanatory, let's be honest - we imagine that the tech has improved to allow an instant launch of the payment system. And that'd be a welcome addition, since paying through the likes of the Apple Watch has so far proven to be a much more seamless experience.

But, as we say, improvements to Pay aren't the only thing included in the update, which hit the Google Play Store on 25 July. A fix has also come to a time zone bug, while the design tweaks we saw come to the menus earlier this year have also been enhanced. Google says its UI is now 'more glanceable', though we suspect the upgrade is only very minor in this department.

Unfortunately, we're yet to see users of Wear OS on iOS catered for, though we suspect the same changes will begin rolling out over the coming weeks. Until then, though, Android users can update their Wear OS app and begin enjoying all the new tweaks.

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Conor Allison

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After starting life in tech journalism as an eager news reporter at Digital Spy, Conor’s enthusiasm was quickly dampened by the never-ending cycle of stories relating to exploding Galaxy Note 7 devices and Donald Trump’s early Twitter antics.

He moved to Wareable Media Group in 2017, initially covering all the latest developments in smartwatches, fitness trackers and VR.

Conor made a name for himself writing about trying out translation earbuds on a first date and cycling with a wearable airbag, as well as covering the industry’s latest releases.

He's gone on to become a wearables expert, and helps people get more from their wearable tech, via Wareable's considerable how-to based guides. 

Conor is also a committed cyclist and gym-goer, which enables him to pass judgment on the latest and greatest sports wearables.

Following a stint as Reviews Editor at Pocket-lint, Conor returned to Wareable Media Group in 2022 as Editor-at-Large.

With awkward dating and risky commuting in the past, he now spends his days writing, editing, and thinking up new ways to style out testing multiple wearables at once.

Conor has also contributed to British GQ, Wired, Metro, The Independent, and The Mirror. 


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