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Google revamps Wear OS for smartwatches with new look

The company hopes the redesign will provide ‘proactive help' with notifications and access to information.

Google is freshening up its smartwatch operating system with a new interface the company claims will make it easier to get to the things that matter.

The tech giant, who renamed Android Wear as Wear OS earlier this year, has introduced a notification stream to help users dismiss or take action on notifications quicker.

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Swiping right now takes wearers directly to a Google Assistant feed, which presents the latest updates and relevant information about your day, such as calendar details, in what Google is calling “proactive help”.

“When you’re getting ready for the day, your Google Assistant will help you stay ahead by reminding you to bring an umbrella, showing you your day’s meetings, or warning you if there is a delay on your commute,” Google said.

For everything health-related, a left swipe directs users to the recently-revamped Google Fit section, where two new rings that measure Move Minutes and Heart Points are displayed.

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The new fitness tracking measurement was introduced last week as a replacement to the traditional 10,000 step metric, in a bid to get people to move more regularly and increase their heart rate.

Meanwhile, a downwards swipe shows two buttons for finding your phone and for Google Pay, the company’s own mobile payment system.

The new look Wear OS is set to roll out to compatible smartwatches from September.

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