Google’s Put on OS 3 is getting new options from Google itself together with third-party apps and — later this yr — a serious replace to Put on OS 4. Introduced Wednesday throughout Google I/O, the watch working system might be getting extra integrations with Google companies like Gmail, Calendar and Google Residence. Many of those enhancements, which embody battery life enhancements, will arrive on Put on OS 3 watches like Google’s personal Pixel Watch and the Samsung Galaxy Watch sequence.
The up to date Google Residence app will enable for remotely unlocking your door and checking Nest doorbell notifications. Gmail and Calendar’s Watch OS updates will add fast replies to emails together with entry to schedules, occasion RSVPs and the flexibility to replace a activity standing from a watch.
Third-party apps are additionally a part of Google’s Put on OS bulletins, with chat service WhatsApp planning to launch its first native watch app on the working system. WhatsApp’s Put on OS app — at the moment in beta — plans to incorporate texting alongside voice calls immediately from a Put on OS watch. Google additionally introduced that Spotify and Peloton might be together with watch tiles of their Put on OS apps, each of which can present quicker entry to music playlists and exercise particulars respectively.
When Put on OS 4 turns into accessible later this yr, Google says the software program will deliver battery life enhancements, a quicker text-to-speech expertise and backup assist. That latter function will make it simpler to switch knowledge and settings from an outdated watch to a brand new one, very similar to Google’s present Android telephone setup course of.
The Put on OS bulletins come as Google’s I/O keynote takes an enormous give attention to AI bulletins. These embody the PaLM 2 language mannequin, an AI-powered model of Google’s search engine and the general public launch of the Bard AI chatbot.