Last month at IFA 2018 Google announced a big redesign for Wear OS and Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100 will feature the new look. At the chipmaker’s event today people had their chance to use a reference device running the new chip in redesigned Wear OS. Google adds three new features of Assistant, Fit, and notifications in the upcoming release.
The new Wear OS
Swiping to access the core functionality of the smartwatch is the speciality.
Google Assistant feed is to the left of the watch face, a is highly reminiscent of the visual snapshot found on phones. Time at the top, Google voice search shortcut next down to it and date, the temperature are displayed below it.
Google Fit is to the right of the watch face. The listed front and center with its rings for Heart Points and Move Minutes are a part of the new design. There is also a button to quickly launch an exercise and cannot be removed when set the default Fit watch face. Meanwhile, holding down on a watch face allows users to open the picker to switch between several.
On the Snapdragon Wear 3100 reference device, a rotating crown can be used to pull open the grid of 3 x 2 quick toggles: aeroplane mode, ringing your phone, battery saver, Google Pay (on supported devices), Do-not-disturb, and theatre mode. Spinning the crown can also return users to the watch face. Google has also placed audio controls here. Shaped in a pill, there is a play/pause button and scrolling song name, with tapping open the music app.
Instead of individual cards for notifications, alerts are displayed in a compact list that allows for one or two alerts to be visible at a time. A swipe to the left or right still clears away notifications, with scrolling to the very bottom revealing a clear all button.The app logo/name and timestamp are displayed, with color theming aiding in distinguishing different notifications.
The new Snapdragon Wear 3100 chip
However, today’s Qualcomm event was primarily about the Snapdragon Wear 3100. Improved battery life of the new processor, with devices running 4-12 hours longer compared to the previous chip. An ultra-low-power co-processor allows for features like an enhanced ambient mode that can display live complications, while traditional watch mode can show the time and other data for up to a week with just a 20% charge.
Montblanc is launching the first Wear 3100 device in October with more Wear OS watches launching in time for the 2018 holiday season.