In the meantime, the changes Google announced look like a big improvement to the outdated Wear OS interface users now sport.
Google said that the new Wear OS features will roll out to users over the next month.
Quite a bit different, right?
Browsing, dismissing, and taking actions on notifications is now much easier, and users can select built-in smart replies without leaving their notification stream. This was because even though Google's intention to make its smartwatch OS less platform specific was good, it kind of felt meaningless without any new software or hardware features to improve how Wear OS actually works.
Google just announced a big re-design of its Wear OS in a blog post.
Why it matters: Smartwatches are at a pivotal point in their existence and for arguably the first time, Google's offering finally feels like a standalone experience rather than just Android on your wrist. And in the new UI, a swipe to the left can be used to start a workout or see how you're tracking toward your goals. Unlike before, you'll notice that they're all on a single, scrollable pane versus each notification taking up the entire screen. The update also lets you use Google's Smart Reply feature to respond to messages right from your notification stream. According to Google, it will become more useful over time, both as a result of getting to "know" the user, and as Google adds more features. It ties in with the recent Google Fit announcement. The developers' team has worked closely with the American Heart Association and the World Health Organization to introduce new goals that will help you stay in shape.