Google has been trying hard to save its smartwatch operating system from falling into irrelevance. Last year, it dropped the Android Wear branding in favor of Wear OS, and, a few months later, introduced a significant redesign for the software to make it more intuitive. Now, the Mountain View giant has announced Tiles, a new UI element for Wear OS which aims to give users quicker access to different kinds of information.
Tiles are accessed by swiping left, and they can be sorted in whichever order you prefer. The sorting order can be customized by touching and holding on any open tile on Wear OS, or by touching and dragging through the Wear OS app for smartphones.
There are a total of six tiles coming with the launch of the feature: Goals, Next event, Forecast (weather), Heart rate, Headlines, and Timer. Each of these will do exactly what its name implies, giving you access to your fitness goals, showing your next calendar event, and so on. Google promises to add more tiles over time, too.
Tiles will be rolling out to compatible devices over the next month, according to Google. However, some features may be limited depending on your phone's operating system, watch, and country. The feature will also be available to try out at the Google's I/O developer conference.