Wear OS 3: More details about Pixel Watch launch software revealed with next-generation Google Assistant, Fitbit, Google Pay and YouTube Music services detailed
Earlier this week, Google announced the dates of this year's I/O Developer Conference, discussed separately. Scheduled between May 11 and May 12, Google I/O 2022 is rumoured to be the launchpad for Wear OS 3, an OS update that the company unveiled at last year's conference in partnership with Samsung. While Google has not announced many Wear OS 3 details since last May, beta builds have offered a few insights about it.
Now, 9to5Google has provided more impressions about Wear OS 3, courtesy of the Wear OS Smartphone Companion app. As the screenshots below show, Google will bundle a next-generation Google Assistant for Wear OS, improved Google Pay and YouTube Music apps, and a Fitbit activity tracking tile. Based on previous rumours, Google Assistant will launch with a degree of offline support, which Wear OS 2 versions lack.
Additionally, Samsung has already confirmed that YouTube Music will finally gain music streaming capabilities. For context, Google's latest music streaming service arrived on Wear OS when Samsung released the Galaxy Watch4 series. Unfortunately, it remains unknown when Google will bring Wear OS 3 to existing smartwatches, beyond a vague commitment to the second half of 2022. However, vanilla Wear OS 3 could debut on the Pixel Watch, Google's first and long-awaited smartwatch.