Google’s in a troublesome spot with Put on OS. It’s been 4 and half years for the reason that working system arrived as Android Put on, and whereas loads of producers have tried their hand at gadgets, the working system has did not make a big dent on the smartwatch class. Apple continues to dominate the area, whereas high opponents Samsung and Fitbit have opted to go in-house with their working programs.
In February, Android Put on acquired a modest 2.zero replace, and the next month, the working system acquired a full-on rebrand. “We’re now Put on OS by Google, a wearables working system for everybody,” the corporate mentioned on the time. Even with all of that motion over the previous yr, Put on OS remains to be in want of an improve. By a variety of early accounts, the two.1 replace, which is beginning to roll out to customers, is a robust step in that route.
This newest model brings new swipe gestures, prioritizing notifications, settings, Google Match and Assistant. These final two are additionally getting some key upgrades, serving to convey the corporate’s well being and AI choices on top of things with the competitors.
Whereas the smartwatch play has appeared pretty stagnant at occasions, it’s vital to recollect as Android celebrates its 10th anniversary that the smartphone OS wasn’t precisely a rousing success out of the gate. Within the meantime, Apple, Fitbit and the like have confirmed that smartwatches do have some endurance, and as soon as once more analysts are bullish on the class.
Earlier this month, in the meantime, Qualcomm reaffirmed its dedication to Put on OS by showcasing its chip structure promising prolonged battery life. It appears as if sufficient gamers are concerned and hopeful in Put on OS to maintain it going, however there’s nonetheless a whole lot of work to be performed if it’s going to interrupt out of the looming shadow of the Apple Watch.