Finding Wear OS apps on the Play Store and downloading them just got easier
Ahead of the launch of the Google and Samsung smartwatch experience, the Play Store offers easier app discovery and installation tools.
Google is making it much easier to find Wear OS smartwatch apps on the Play Store and, in turn, download them to a watch faster. It comes at a time when Google, with a little help from Samsung, is also reimagining what Wear OS is at the operating system level. Together, the goal is to provide users with an improved portable experience in the future.
In May, Google and Samsung announced that they were teaming up to bring together the best of their skills and improve the experience of smartwatches running on the Android platform. Over the years, Wear OS, formerly Android Wear, has grown in terms of the number of devices it runs on, but the platform still seems to lack adoption and especially in relation to the level Apple is enjoying. with his Apple Watch. With Samsung’s help, that could change in the future and starting with the launch of the Galaxy Watch 4.
In the meantime, Google recently announced that it is adding more filters to make it easier to highlight relevant watch-related apps when searching for “look” or “look at the faces. “In addition, the update message also explains that the Play Store will now begin to highlight “organized clusters”Popular apps as recommendations while browsing. According to Google, the new app discovery enhancements will begin rolling out to the Play Store in the coming weeks.
Faster to download watch apps too
Along with improvements to finding apps, Google is also looking to make sure it’s easier to download them with an option to install them remotely from the Play Store on other devices. Essentially, when the user finds an app, then they can press the Install button and quickly see all portable devices that the app is compatible with before confirming the download and sending the app to the device. In most cases, the Play Store will seek to speed up the process even further by preselecting all compatible devices by default. Google also confirmed that the Play Store on smartwatches is also getting an upgrade in the appearance department, with the new design taking direct inspiration from Android’s Material You.
With the next Wear OS changes coming, it makes sense that Google is looking to make changes elsewhere in its smartwatch ecosystem as well. While small changes in and of itself, the larger goal here seems to be to improve the various aspects of owning and using a smartwatch in Android. Whether the sum of these changes is enough to help Google and Samsung in the fight against the Apple Watch is a whole other question.
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