The next generation of Wear OS is approaching, Google is slowly evolving through developer previews on Wear OS 3. This week, the company quietly released another emulator image, which showed some progress when we last did the pigeon.
The last time we took a closer look at Wear OS 3 was back in December, and the time since then hasn’t really changed much. The interface itself is virtually identical, with no significant changes to the settings menu, notifications, or other features. The biggest difference is just polishing the product.
Google Releases New Wear OS 3 Preview [Gallery]
An example of the changes we’ve seen include changing icons in the app drawer, with some built-in apps showing new icons that are more similar to Google’s “themed icons” feature in Android 12, although they Not all icons have a permanent color. This change app includes calendar apps, alarms, handwash timers, settings, stopwatch and more. Another place where Google has tweaked the icons is in the notification tray, the system icons adopting a uniform color palette. These changes may not be new to this latest preview, but they have changed in the last two months since their release.
Unfortunately, there is no sign of a new design for Google Assistant that was announced earlier this month, at least not on a superficial level.
Perhaps one of the biggest recent changes in the development of Wear OS is that this new version has picked up the manikin “Wear OS 3.2”. However, even this is not particularly new, as the Galaxy Watch 4 currently runs Wear OS 3.2 on its latest update.
This latest preview also includes the March 2022 security patch.
It’s a bit disappointing to see so few changes, but it’s nice to see that Google is actively working on Wear OS before its launch. It is also important to note that these emulator images do not necessarily reflect what the original product could send, and that much of what Google Wear OS 3 is doing is under construction.