Google brings Oreo update to Android Wear

Despite it being launched during the summer, Android 8.0 Oreo has been rolling out at a snail's pace, being found on only 0.3% of current devices. Regardless, it appears that Google is rolling out an official update to Android Wear, giving manufacturers the ability to take advantage of more features.

The news comes from Hoi Lam, who works on the Android Wear team, and while the Android Oreo update is available, that doesn't mean it will be arriving to your wearable anytime soon. The post also stated that the update's arrival will be determined by the manufacturers themselves, kind of how the updates work for Android handsets.

As far as improvements, the new update will offer:

  • Notification vibration strength setting
  • Touch lock option for wet conditions
  • Support for 7 new countries / languages
  • Plus more e.g. notification channels, battery saving background limits

It is nice that the firm is offering updates for its Android Wear OS, but we will see how quickly manufacturers are able to make use and implement this update in real-world products.

Source: Google via The Verge | Image via Android Wear

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